Police Sergeant Not Liable in Excessive Force Case
Obtained a defense verdict in a Section 1983 Excessive Force case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that a Sergeant from the York City Police Department physically attacked him after he had been arrested and handcuffed. The incident was captured on video by a neighbor, who then posted the video on YouTube. The defense presented evidence that the Sergeant struck the plaintiff in an effort to separate from him after the plaintiff attempted to wipe blood onto the Sergeant’s uniform. The jury found that the Sergeant’s actions were reasonable and did not violate the Fourth Amendment.