Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Suit: Harvey police officers beat and pepper sprayed paralyzed colored man till he dropped his LINK Card, 40 ounce beer and blunt
A paralyzed man is suing the city of Harvey and two Harvey police officers after he was pepper-sprayed while filming the police search a car in 2010.
Marc Miller claims he was filming police search a car with his cell phone in August 2010 when police demanded the phone—but when he declined to turn it over he was pepper sprayed, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
Miller, who was paralyzed in a 1991 shooting, claims he noticed police searching the car in a “very aggressive manner” while he was in his wheelchair in 1800 block of West 157th Street in Harvey.
The police grabbed Miller by his hair and threw him from his wheelchair, the suit claims, and police pepper-sprayed him. The police then knelt on Miller’s back and forced his face into the ground, according to the suit.
The two-count suit claims Harvey police used excessive force on Miller, and seeks unspecified punitive damages.
A spokesperson for the city of Harvey could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.