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A small bag of marijuana was allegedly found in Anders’ vehicle and he was arrested for simple possession of marijuana, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence.           All charges were dropped and Anders’ record was wiped clean, Vandever said.

The lawsuit asked for $1.5 million in damages and was filed in federal court alleging the officers' treatment was "unwarranted, cruel, abusive, unjustifiable and excessive and possibly fatal.”           According to Vandever, a stipulated dismissal was filed in the U.S. District Court in Nashville on Monday.           The City of Mt. Juliet, which is insured by the Tennessee Municipal League, along with Cosby and Crosslin all denied any liability or potential liability to Anders, Vandever said.

In August, a Wilson County grand jury indicted the 36-year-old officer in connection to the incident which happened in April. Cosby was indicted on two counts of assault and one count of aggravated perjury. He is to appear in Wilson County Criminal Court on Jan. 15, 2009.

Publisher John B. Bryan may be contacted at jbryan@wilsonpost.com.

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