A Georgia man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against two deputies in Richmond County after they used Tasers on him as he stood facing a wall with his hands behind his back as instructed, reports WSB.
According to Carlos Seals, he suffered head injuries as well as claiming he suffered a stroke following the August 2015 incident.
In an incident report the two Richmond County deputies, Donnie Crawford and Christopher Alexis, claimed that Seals was being “combative,” forcing them to use their Tasers. According to one deputy, he deployed his Taser and when it proved to be ineffective, the other deputy used his which brought Seals to the ground.
However, in video obtained by WSB, Seals can be seen complying with the deputies by facing the wall with his hands behind his back before being Taseed from a distance.
In the video Seals is seen falling to the ground while screaming and writhing in pain.
“I watched him come through the door and he say ‘pop his ass.’ As soon as he said that, dude shot me back,” Seals remembered. “You don’t shoot a dart and then run electricity through the dart unless they are violently resisting you.”
According to Seals’ attorney, the city needs to pay his medical bills which have exceeded $20,000.
“They are refusing to pay the bills, so now not only does he have injuries to deal with, but has bills to pay,” attorney Anita Lamar said.
The sheriff’s office issued a statement saying they couldn’t comment on the lawsuit, but did say that Deputy Crawford was terminated after the incident but no action was taken against Alexis.
Watch the video below from WSB:
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