Man sues Laurel, police officer for excessive force
The NAACP is demanding answers from Laurel's City Hall after a 27-year-old man claims he was beaten up by a police officer after he was placed under arrest.
The incident was caught on camera by Craig Reddix, a local barber, on August 5 in the parking lot of the Laurel Station Bar and Grill.
"All I know is I saw a man in handcuffs being led away, getting hit up side the head," Reddix said.
The cellphone video shows a Laurel City police officer hitting Dante Williams three times in the head while Williams is in handcuffs.
Monday night, the Prince George's County branch of the NAACP went to the city's mayor, Craig A. Moe.
The mayor wouldn't allow ABC7's camera in for the meeting, but he did speak about the incident briefly.
"Yes, I witnessed the video...the case it is under investigation. We've been notified that we are going to be sued," Moe said.
Jimmy Bell represents Williams and filed a $3 million civil lawsuit against the city and the officer for excessive force.
"We have no confidence in the city. There were a number of officers there that night, and none of them stopped that behavior," Bell said.
The owner of the restaurant told ABC7 off-camera Williams was kicked out for acting belligerent. Police were called when he allegedly snuck back inside and assaulted a security guard.
Williams' attorney argues it doesn't matter what his client was accused of; he was in handcuffs and complying with police. Bell says it's a clear cut violation of Williams' civil rights.
Bell asked, "A picture is worth a thousand words isn't it ma'am?"
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