The Williamsport Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that a man in the city of Williamsport had his constitutional rights violated and was the victim of excessive force in an incident that began in his home two years ago. Names are named.
In an amended complaint to the United States District Court, Earl Sampson named Officer Nicholas Carita, Officer Richard Hofford, Officer William Badger, Officer Gino Caskera, Officer Nikita Bornnell, and Brandon Wheeler. A complaint was filed against Police Officer Andrew Stevens, Police Officer Brian McGee, and Williamsport District Law Enforcement Officer John/Jane. Do one and two.
A jury trial was requested.
The original complaint could not be served because there were only fictitious named defendants. Sampson is now filing complaints against the above officers in their respective capacity.
The lawsuit seeks money and damages. According to Sampson’s attorney, O’Hanlon Schwartz, police officers illegally caught and arrested Mr. Sampson and launched a violent, unnecessary, unjustifiable and excessive use of force against Mr. Sampson’s constitutional amendment. It alleges that it has violated its Article 14 rights.
The incident originated on May 12, 2021, when Sampson was on the balcony of his home. His daughter, Christina Sampson, has an ex-girlfriend, Kevin Brown, who allegedly was near her home and caused a disturbance by verbally threatening Sampson and her daughter. .
Initially, police were on the scene early that afternoon, and Earl Sampson said that Brown did not live on the property, that Brown had a violent past, and threatened to lash out against Christina Sampson. He asked that Brown be removed from the area near the property. state.
Earl Sampson also believed that Brown was influenced. “Angel Dust” or a PCP, who believed he was on probation, the allegations say.
Despite Mr. Earl Sampson’s request, the officers did not take action and appear to have left the area, according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges that even after police left, Brown continued to behave threateningly and approached Sampson’s porch without permission.
The plaintiff called police, who initially did not respond, according to the documents.
However, Brown continued to threaten and approached Sampson’s door again, causing Sampson to call the police. Brown then attacked Sampson and knocked his cell phone out of his hands, the complaint says.
When police arrived on the scene, Mr. Sampson’s neighbors repeatedly told the officers that the whole disturbance was initiated by Brown and that Mr. Sampson had not stabbed Mr. Brown as alleged. Each defendant acted together and accused Ms. Sampson before she could explain. He called the police, but he claims he did nothing wrong.
Without warning, police attacked Sampson from behind and to the side, grabbed him by the arms, lifted him high above his head and threw him to the ground, slamming his face and head into the ground, according to the complaint.
Officers then tasered Sampson twice, including on Sampson’s groin area, according to the lawsuit.
Sampson claims he followed the orders given to him by the officers. Additionally, Sampson alleges he did nothing that could be seen as a threat to police officers, the complaint says. Sampson was not in possession of any weapons, nor was anything recovered from Sampson by police.
The lawsuit alleges Sampson suffered a torn shoulder and groin injuries as a result of the officers’ actions.
The complaint alleges that Sampson was arrested even though many of the neighbors told police that he had done nothing wrong, had no weapon, and stabbed Brown. stated in the complaint.
Sampson was handcuffed and placed in a secure police vehicle. He was taken to the police station where he was photographed and fingerprinted. After body camera footage and discussions with prosecutors, Sampson was held in police custody for two hours before being released without charge, the complaint says.
Sampson has since been treated in hospital and underwent rehabilitation for his shoulder, but the pain continues, the complaint says. He alleges that his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights have been violated. They are illegal seizures, false arrests, and excessive use of force.
Mr. Sampson, through Attorney Stephen T. O’Hanlon of Philadelphia, will award the judge and the judge compensatory damages, court costs, reasonable attorneys’ fees, punitive damages, and such other relief as the court may deem appropriate. I am asking you to give