$40K settlement in police treatment of HIV-positive woman

- DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- The city of Dearborn has agreed to pay $40,000 to a Detroit woman who was ticketed by an officer who expressed concern about contracting HIV from her.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1NQGMYk ) Shalandra Jones sued after the officer in 2012 berated her for not telling him earlier in a traffic stop that she had the virus that causes AIDS.

Jones told the officer she had HIV after he asked about medication that she used to treat the virus. He ended up ticketing her on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge; she had a marijuana medical card, but it had expired. The charge was dismissed last year.

Dearborn spokeswoman Mary Laundroche says the city believes it was an isolated incident and "not reflective of the behavior of our police department."
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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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