Although Mike Byrd's criminal charges have been settled, the legal battles are not over for the former Sheriff. More than a dozen civil cases have been filed against Byrd and Jackson County for alleged abuses totaling nearly one billion dollars. The allegations range from false imprisonment to physical abuse. Gulfport attorney, Michael Crosby, represents former Jackson County doctor, David Bruce Allen, who says he was targeted by Byrd for political reasons when narcotics agents raided his Escatwapa home back in 2009 and sent out misleading photos to the media. Allen says the act led the community to wrongly believe the doctor was growing marijuana on his property.
Crosby says, "The prosecutor walked in and said, ‘It appears that the defense is correct.’ The task force sent the pictures to the media and the pictures I am talking about would be showing the media pictures of what a marijuana growing room would look like if it did have pot in it even though there was no marijuana on his property." Dr. Allen spent 14 months in prison, but the charges were eventually dismissed. That case is still in court. News 25 spoke with another attorney representing several clients who have also filed civil lawsuits against Byrd and Jackson County.