The family of the 15-year-old girl who was violently thrown to the ground by Texas police is filing a personal injury lawsuit against the police officer, despite his recent indictment by a jury.
Dajerria Becton was at a community pool last summer when a neighbor called the police about a disturbance. Corporal David Casebolt arrived at the pool and was caught on video chasing teenagers around, cursing loudly, and telling them to leave. Becton did not leave right away, and video footage shows Corporal Casebolt shoving the Becton face down into the grass yelling “On your face!”
While Becton cried and asked for her mother, Corporal Casebolt pulled out his gun. Corporal Casebolt resigned four days later after massive public outrage over the event.
The district attorney investigated Casebolt's conduct in the case, and last week, a grand jury acquitted Casebolt of all charges.
Becton's family still plans to file both a civil rights and personal injury lawsuit against Corporal Casebolt.
Personal injury cases involving excessive force and police brutality have made recent headlines in Tennessee. 36-year-old Tennessean Annisa Colson filed a $2 million civil rights lawsuit last week claiming serious injuries from aggressive police officers.
Colson was hit in the knee and suffered a fractured kneecap and torn ligaments along with a string of humiliating actions, like being slapped and left in her urine for hours.
The police officer that injured Colson was supposed to have a body camera on him, but it happened to "disfunction" and turn off.
Police play an important role in society and help keep our communities safe. Sometimes, though, police officers can use an excessive amount of force against citizens when the officers are under too much stress, or when they simply abuse their power. Police misconduct usually involves civil rights and personal injury claims. Injury claims against the police can involve:
- Excessive force
- False arrests
- Wrongful shootings
- Failure to follow law enforcement code of conduct
- Taser injuries
Police are required to use the least possible amount of force. Excessive force is only allowed under certain circumstances, like when an officer is threatened with bodily harm or when a suspect for a serious crime flees the scene.
Excessive force under the wrong circumstances includes improper use of a chokehold, assault with a baton or other tool, or any other kind of excessive physical force a police officer uses in a situation that does not require that kind of force.
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of police misconduct, you may be eligible for compensation. If you experience police misconduct, remain calm and keep a record of the actions taken against you.
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