WATCH: Michigan Cop Brutally Attacks Handcuffed Woman, Knocking Her Unconscious
A Michigan woman is suing several Coldwater, Mich. police officers after she says she was slammed to the ground and knocked unconscious while handcuffed in a secure entrance to the county jail, a bloody incident captured on camera.
The federal lawsuit, filed by Tiffany McNeil, alleges that police used excessive force against her and then lied about what happened.
“It was absolutely egregious, disgusting, thug-like conduct,” McNeil’s attorney, Solomon Radner, said. “You don’t expect that from police officers, and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”
Coldwater City Manager Keith Baker said city officials are reviewing the lawsuit and the allegations it contains. He declined to comment beyond that.
McNeil, 31, was arrested July 24 at her home after her husband called police during an argument, according to the lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court. The lawsuit admits McNeil had been drinking alcohol.
Video recorded by a camera inside the secured entrance area of the Branch County Jail shows a police officer holding McNeil, who is standing and in handcuffs, with her face pressed against a wall. As McNeil yells at the officer, he appears to pull her from the wall and slam her, face-first, on the ground. Five other police officers are standing nearby, the video shows.
“I told you to relax,” the officer yells, with his knee now on McNeil’s back as she lay motionless on the ground.
When the officer rolls her over, a pool of blood is revealed under her head. McNeil’s handcuffs were eventually removed, and another officer can be seen checking for her pulse.
Radner, whose office provided the video to reporters, said McNeil was taken to a hospital. She received 17 stitches for a cut over her eye. She also suffered a concussion, he said.
According to court documents, the officer and two others lied about what happened in their police reports. The reports say things about McNeil being “combative” and “actively resisting” arrest, and that she fell to the ground, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit identifies the officer who is seen holding McNeil as Lewis Eastmead. Eastmead could not immediately be reached for comment.
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