Man Claims Cop Used Excessive Force; Seeks Relief in Federal Court

A young black man who says he was beaten up by police after refusing an officer’s commands is looking for justice by suing the cop that hit him. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by lawyers for Jamal White, says White was arrested last year by Officer Adam Feaman.
 
Prior to the arrest, White, now 24, was not armed and was not presenting a physical threat, the suit claims. The suit says that as White was backing away from Feaman, the enraged officer slugged him with a flashlight, cracking his jaw.
 
After White collapsed, Feaman hit him in the head. A month later, Feaman confronted White in a bar after learning about the possibility of a suit, threatening to “crack the plaintiff’s jaw again,” the suit claims.
 
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for excessive force. A video obtained by the Evening Whirl from White’s lawyer begins with a man identified as White and a man shooting the video walking toward police officers. One officer says, “We don’t need you over here, man,” then tells White to put his hands behind his back. White refuses and runs. An officer chases him, flashlight in his hands. The officer repeats that White is under arrest. White barks, “Get the fuck off me, bro. Get off me. How am I under arrest?” He is then hit in the head, and the officer says, “Get on the fucking ground” twice. White is then handcuffed. The officer says White is being arrested for peace disturbance, later adding that White ran earlier and would be arrested for resisting arrest and would be charged with a “loud noises ordinances—squealing his tires.” Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit.

 
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for excessive force. A video obtained by the Evening Whirl from White’s lawyer begins with a man identified as White and a man shooting the video walking toward police officers. One officer says, “We don’t need you over here, man,” then tells White to put his hands behind his back. White refuses and runs. An officer chases him, flashlight in his hands. The officer repeats that White is under arrest. White barks, “Get the fuck off me, bro. Get off me. How am I under arrest?” He is then hit in the head, and the officer says, “Get on the fucking ground” twice. White is then handcuffed.
 
The officer says White is being arrested for peace disturbance, later adding that White ran earlier and would be arrested for resisting arrest and would be charged with a “loud noises ordinances—squealing his tires.” Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suit
 

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