Mississippi deputies brutally beat a black man at a traffic stop, a photo of which was shared on Facebook by his lawyer, generating a debate about what really happened to “justify” the attack.
What We Know:
- Civil rights attorney Carlos Moore shared a photo of David Logan bloodied and undressed in handcuffs, claiming he had been beaten by white police officers at a traffic stop July 18. Logan was arrested after he “seemed to be high on drugs” and “resisted arrest” at a police roadblock in Yalobusha County. Moore claims his client walked but did not run away from police, at which point officers used a stun gun to stop and beat the unarmed black man, even after he was in handcuffs. Logan was hospitalized after the encounter with a broken bone near his eye.
On the left is #DavidLogan. He was brutally beaten while handcuffed by Yalobusha County (Mississippi) deputies. Sheriff Lance Humphreys has sided with his officers claiming deputies used appropriate force. This is simple. Release the video. pic.twitter.com/IhOGWI4hs7
— Lee Merritt (@MerrittForTexas) July 31, 2019
- Police officers claim the incident went very differently; Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys claims that once Logan was pulled over at a police roadblock he got out of his car and ran toward them twice, lowering his shoulder to try to “go through them.” Two officers involved claim they have sustained injuries from the event as well.
- Logan is charged with possession of ecstasy, two counts of assault on an officer, one count of resisting arrest and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.
- None of the officers have been placed on leave, but Moore said he will move forward with the case against the departments. “On Wednesday, I will be submitting notices of claim to both Yalobusha County and Water Valley to notify them of the claims of Mr. Logan against them and the officers,” Moore said in a statement to the Associated Press. He will require 90 days before he files an official federal estate lawsuit against the officers for the “brutal attack.”
Video recording of the encounter has not yet been released by the police department.