NC Man Sues Sheriff, Others For Injuries In Arrest

A North Carolina man has sued a sheriff and his deputies as well as state prison officials for his treatment during and following an arrest.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that 35-year-old Steven Wayne Thomas has filed federal lawsuits charging that Lee County deputies hit him, kicked him in the head, used pepper spray and shocked him with a Taser at least 11 times.

Thomas says he suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth during the April arrest.

He says he was attacked after he became mentally disoriented and asked a deputy for help.

Thomas is also suing the North Carolina Department of Correction, saying it failed to provide proper medical care.

Sheriff Tracy Carter says his deputies acted appropriately after Thomas acted aggressively and failed to follow commands.


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  • by Michael Location: USA on Feb 14, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    To the writer who started his post....you people. First off these officers applied for their jobs, they chose this as a career path, so no points for that discussion. Pointing the finger at the police comes after too many officers have become corrupt and aggressive to the public. It is about time people wake up and see that police officer's have too much power and authority. Many abuse and misuse these powers. Look at all the wrongful convictions that are becoming more and more prevalent here in the U.S. Just because a police officer says this or that, surely does not mean it is the truth. I admire those officers who do their jobs correctly, but too many over step their true authority, turn their head the other way, and lie/decieve the public. I hope this man wins his law suit and pray those responsible are exposed for what they really are and thats a criminal!!! We need change within the police departments of America, unfortunately it comes, but at the expense of innocent citizens.
  • by anonymous Location: washington on Feb 14, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    you people that point the finger at police without being there are complete idiots. you have no idea what it is like to be on the street at 2 am with no backup dealing with a stupid person. The fact is, if those people spent as much time and effort trying to get a job and earn a honest living, instead of trying to live off of the money of a working man, the world would not be in financial crisis. this man has probably never had a job, and getting an undeserved check from the government and now he sees a chance to get rich quick. get a life and a job.
  • by Dave Location: Farmville on Feb 13, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    After many years of life experience, I have come to the conclusion that being a good citizen and not breaking the law will rarely, if ever, result in police brutality. My guess is that this moron who is sueing the police fought them from the moment he was arrested till the time he was subdued.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2010 at 01:07 AM
    Many people here are upset someone was not treated correctly. You then state to police should be punished. Were you there? Because someone is accused does not mean they are guilty. Let it all play out, until then.... lets see how do I say this without hurting your feelings, o yeah....SHUT UP!
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Feb 12, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    Miranda, since you hate America so much why not leave and take all your friends with you. This country is far too screwed up for intellectuals such as yourself.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    Guilty until proven innocent. The beatings will continue until morale improves. The bottom line is don't get caught screwing up.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Feb 12, 2010 at 02:02 PM
    Remember what the cops of that day did to JESUS,The cops of this day will do it to you and with no remorse till they get caught on film.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:18 AM
    I wont choose a side or assume what really happened cause none of us really know what went behind closed doors. You have bad people around no matter what. I would just hate for it to keep eating tax dollars away like that. I for one, thank God that I am one of the lucky ones when it comes down to finances, but I know it's awful to see everyones tax dollars go to some crook that pulls off such low actions just to get more money in their pockets. That's why the economy is in sich bad shape these days.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    Yeah I am supposed to believe a mentally disturbed man was simply asking for help..right! Nurses and Police Officers have two of the hardest jobs out there, tasked with taking care of those that don't want our help. In the end they face frivilous lawsuits and likely nothing will become of this case as most end before they even start. He will take a settlment that the county offers because it will be cheaper than fighting it out in court. I guess he is not but so crazy huh? Sometimes I wonder who the crazy people really are, the ones that help the nut cases or the nut cases that probably have no job yet find ways to beat the system throughout their lives..
  • by Miranda on Feb 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    Who knows what the specifics are for this case...but I can tell you if the cops are at fault they will not face any punishment close to what a regular citizen would. But isn't that how the American government works...they make laws for everyone else to follow but then aren't held to the same accountability...maybe that's what's wrong with our country and there's no one specific person to blame whether you hated Bush or hate Obama...we make up our nation and we don't stand up and fight for what's right! We wait for someone else to do it and complain in the mean time.
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