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Florida prisoner sues Tampa PD for bowel movement-inducing body slam

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What began as a late night Easter dinner ended in alleged body slams, uncontrollable bodily functions and a multi-million dollar law suit.

Roger Peter Morrison is suing the Italian chain restaurant Olive Garden and the Tampa Police Department over injuries, and soiled pants, sustained on Easter Sunday 2012.

Morrison allegedly arrived at the Olive Garden on Busch Boulevard in Tampa at around 9:30. While there Morrison alleges his guest, Mary Rose Ingram, “became upset about the food or something about her daughter feeling sick.”

He claims he was attempting to calm Ingram, but the incident drew attention to his table prompting the manager to escort the group outside the restaurant.

It was there Morrison claims an officer with the Tampa Police Department he identifies as Officer McFarlane approached him. He described the officer as about 6’4” and weighing about 360-pounds. He said the officer asked for his identification.

“I asked officer McFarlane to give me a minute because I was concerned with both Ms. Ingram and her daughter,” Morrison wrote in the lawsuit.

From there, Morrison claims the officer searched him and then “for no reason at all” the officer grabbed his neck from behind and lifted him off the ground. Morrison also alleges the officer slammed him head first into the ground.

That’s where things get messy.

Apparently the officer slammed the sh*t out of Morrison. Literally.

Morrison claims the impact knocked him out and made him “have a bowl movement.”

Morrison claims he was denied medical treatment for a half-hour before being transported to an unknown hospital.

The plaintiff says he underwent a CT scan but did not say whether or not he was treated for any injuries. However, he does allege ongoing injuries including “pain to the left side head, arm, wrist, major back pain from neck injury; severe migraine headaches and emotional problems, stress and flashbacks of the incident.”

Morrison is currently serving a five-year sentence at the Gulf Correctional Institute in Wewahitchka for “dating violence.” That’s one of the charges he was initially charged with during the Olive Garden incident.

Morrison was also charged with not paying his check; though he writes in the lawsuit it was a meal he “never ate.”

The lawsuit is handwritten on notebook paper and includes a pro-se agreement and request for “less stringent standards.”

Morrison is seeking compensatory damages in the amount of $18 million against Olive Garden for “the physical and emotional injuries sustained as a result of the Plaintiff being confronted with death and or the Battery Committed by Defendant McFarlane at their estate (sic).”

He’s seeking another $66 million judgment against Olive Garden for “not acting with care or concerns of the Plaintiff well-being after witnessing Plaintiff being put unconsciousness by McFarlane (sic).”

From the Tampa Police Department Morrison is asking for an award of $400,000 for “the physical abuse and battery committed upon the Plaintiff.”

Morrison’s signature on the document is dated April 1, 2015 and includes his prisoner I.D. number.

The language and format used in the document appear to be at least moderately consistent with other lawsuits, though there are spelling and grammatical errors abound.

His suit does not include any information from the woman Morrison was dining with at the time of the incident nor does it allude to her being available for testimony.

He also does not include the first name of the officer allegedly involved in the incident.

Have fun with this one Tampa PD!

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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