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Hicks to sue for police brutality after arrest

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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Ark. (FOX13) -

Pam Hicks, a key player in the West Memphis 3 case in Arkansas was arrested Nov. 15 in Mississippi County, Ark., for disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and resisting arrest after police said she trespassed at the Auction Barn, a stones throw from her house.

Hicks had to be treated at a county hospital for injuries she suffered during a confrontation with police, a family member told FOX13 News.

She is the mother of Stevie Branch, who was murdered in 1993 along with two of his friends.

Earlier this year Hicks filed a lawsuit in an attempt to see all the evidence in her son's high profile death, but the judge didn't side with her.

Hicks, though, shares a completely different side of the story.

Hicks was bruised up after what she says is police brutality. These charges stem from a several months of feuding between her neighbors.

"There wasn't anyone out there but me, (a Mississippi County Sheriff's deputy) and God, when he picked me up and threw me to the pavement," Hicks told FOX13 News.

The 48-year-old mother says she's a victim of police brutality.

"He threw his arm back behind my back, and them had my face down on concrete," she recalled. "I was screaming for my mom ... stuck his knee in my back."

While Hicks said the deputy used excessive force, the sheriff's department report said Hicks refused to be arrested and tried to get back into her home.

Hicks said the brutality is marked outside her front door, marked with blood stains.

"He never would tell me his reasoning for being here," she said.

Deputies say Hicks trespassed onto the Auction Barn, which is next to her home. The sheriff's report points out Hicks admitted she knew she could not be on the property, but chose to ignore.

"It's all a fabricated lie," Hicks told FOX13 News.

Hicks says the arrest stems from a six-month dispute between her other neighbors, who previously filed a harassment charge against her. Hicks says she's fed up and plans to move out of the area in December,  but won't back down on her latest legal battle.

"I feel totally wounded by State of Arkansas once again," she said. "May 5, 1993, West Memphis Police Department did not take my cry for help seriously about my son missing. Twenty years later, I'm being thrown down by a Mississippi County police officer."

Hicks appeared in court Monday to face charges. Her bond was set at $1,140. She posted bond and is out of jail. She now awaits a Jan. 17 court date.

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FOX13 News reporter Bofta Yimam contributed to this report.

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