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Police: Officers justified in shocking nurse with Taser

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville police on Tuesday defended an officer who shocked a handcuffed hospital nurse with a stun gun after the nurse allegedly acted as a barrier between police and a sexual battery suspect, mocked an officer and flew into a tirade.

Police charged SummitRidge hospital nurse Marthe Bien-Aime, 44, with felony obstruction of police in the incident late Saturday night.

Three officers took an unruly Bien-Aime to the ground and handcuffed her with plastic "flex cuffs." A female officer, identified as C. Vice, shocked Bien-Aime with a Taser when she writhed in the hospital's hallways to stall her arrest, according to a Lawrenceville police report.

Lawrenceville police Maj. Paul King said the incident has been reviewed, as is protocol when police respond to resistance, and has been "deemed to be within department policy." There will be no internal investigation, King said.

SummitRidge officials did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

A message left at a number listed for Bien-Aime in Loganville was not returned. She posted $5,700 bond and was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on Monday.

SummitRidge caters to patients suffering from psychiatric issues and substance abuse problems.

Lawrenceville police initially responded to the Scenic Highway campus when a female patients' husband complained that a male patient had been making unwanted sexual advances on his wife.

Police interviewed the alleged victim, who claimed Morey Lockhart, 22, of Conyers, had grabbed her buttocks and inner thigh on a smoke break.

Officers fetched a sexual battery warrant for Lockhart, returned to the hospital but were met by a dogged Bien-Aime, who said she'd taken "an oath to protect" patients and called officers' actions "an injustice," the report states.

Vice wrote that she twice warned Bien-Aime she could be arrested for obstruction if she didn't get out of the way. Officers called in Lt. M. Tinkey who warned the nurse a third time, the report states.

"The nurse ... began laughing at (the lieutenant) and told him that she did not think that he would arrest her," Officer Vice wrote.

When police moved in to physically restrain Bien-Aime, she began flailing her arms and screaming as she was handcuffed. While being led to a patrol car, she fell to the floor and refused to stand, which prompted the lieutenant to order Vice to use her Taser, the report states.

Struck in the buttocks, Bien-Aime yelled and said, "What was that?" the report states. She was secured in the patrol car and taken to jail.

Meanwhile, police found Morey's room and arrested him without incident.

Charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, Morey posted $1,300 bond Monday and was released from jail, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.