Man has stroke after cops taser him while his hands are behind his back (VIDEO)|
A Georgia man is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against his county and two officers who used a taser on him while he was subdued.
In video obtained by WSB-TV in Atlanta, 31-year-old Carlos Seals, who was held in the Richmond County Jail in August of 2015 for public intoxication (despite being at home at the time of his arrest), is seen facing the wall with his hands behind his back. Suddenly, two officers at the scene, Deputy Donnie Crawford and Deputy Christopher Alexis, both pulled tasers from their belts and fired them at Seals. After being tasered, Seals is seen falling violently to the floor, with the back of his head striking the concrete floor.
“I watched him come through the door and he say ‘pop his ass.’ As soon as said that, dude shot me back,” Seals told WSB-TV.
Seals is naming Augusta-Richmond County, along with Crawford and Alexis, in his lawsuit. While Crawford was fired by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, no action was taken against Alexis. While Crawford wrote in his incident report that Seals was acting combative and uncooperative, Seals’ attorneys said the video shows Crawford was complying with instructions and that the use of a taser was uncalled for.
“None of those facts applied. He was in the surrender position,” said Anita Lamar, one of the attorneys representing Seals.
While Seals has racked up more than $20,000 in medical bills, he said his multiple requests to the county to pay for the damage he suffered while in their custody have gone unanswered.
“[I had a] fractured skull, I had bleeding on the brain, it messed my nerves up in my back, I had a stroke,” Seals said.
Seals’ lawsuit is currently in the discovery phase, and a jury trial may not happen until 2018 if the Sheriff’s Office refuses to settle out of court.
You can view the video of the deputies tasering Seals in WSB-TV’s report:
Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at [email protected], and follow his work on the Public Banking Institute blog.