A Georgia deputy at the Richmond County Jail was captured on surveillance video using a Taser on a man who stood against a wall with his hands behind his back.
The incident occurred in August of 2015. The report that was later filed stated that Carlos Seals was acting non-compliant and combatively towards two deputies, Deputy Donnie Crawford and Deputy Christopher Alexis.
Seals claimed that he did use profanity against the deputies, yet when they instructed him to get against the wall, he immediately did so and put his hands behind his back.
The initial report also said that when Seals acted “combative” one deputy deployed their stun gun, yet it didn’t connect. Then Crawford deployed his gun and it did connect, sending Seals straight to the ground. When Seals hit the ground, his head suffered an injury and knocked him unconscious.
Although Crawford stated that Seals would not comply, DeKalb County-based attorney Anita Lamar and Craig Jones of the Orlando Firm disagree.
“None of those facts applied. He was in the surrender position,” said Lamar.
“I'd rather go by the video rather than what they say is on the video," Jones said.
Lamar and Jones filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Richmond County Deputy Crawford and Deputy Alexis over the incident. The Sherriff’s Office terminated Crawford; however, no action has been taken toward Alexis.
As a result of the head injury, Seals has over $20,000 in medical bills. The case is still collecting evidence. It could take more than two years if the Sheriff's Office doesn't settle and decide to go to a jury trial.
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