The family members of Missouri man Antonio Johnson, who died after his arrest by Hazlewood, Missouri police have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department.
July 9, 2013 Johnson was pulled over for drunk driving, and during initial contact officers summarized that he was drunk or impaired.
Officers then decided to arrest him and claimed Johnson resisted during the process. Subsequently Johnson had a Taser used on him, and multiple units were dispatched.
According to the lawsuit, the responding officers beat Johnson to the point of unconsciousness after arriving. Despite his life threatening injuries, Johnson was transported to the county jail and left in a holding cell for multiple hours. Ultimately, was taken to the hospital, and care was given.
Once, Johnson arrived at the hospital the doctors noted him in critical condition, and Johnson had sustained lacerations and injuries on his face and head. Just two days later, he died from his injuries sustained by the beating.
“We feel this is another classic case of excessive force and we’re determined to get to the bottom of it,” said Freeman Bosley Jr., the family’s attorney. “We’re concerned about how this man, on just a basic traffic stop, could wind up dead.”
The family’s lawsuit alleges Hazelwood officers were excessive in their force during the arrest of Johnson, and are seeking upwards of $25,000 in damages.
An internal investigation of the event was conducted however; they found no wrongdoing in the case.
“We deny any wrongdoing, and we’re confident that the fact-finding process will establish that,” St. Louis city attorney Peter Dunne said.
The story is developing, and we expect to hear more in the coming weeks.
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