An Ohio medical doctor was assaulted and arrested at his own home on charges that would eventually be found to be false.
Blue Ash, OH — Dr. Randal Cox was hosting his terminally ill son’s 18th birthday when six police officers from two different precincts showed up to his door.
When Dr. Cox opened the door he was attacked by the officers. The incident was captured on cellphone video from one of the guests at the party.
“Somebody grabbed me around the neck, they body slammed me then multiple people got on top of me then I started getting Tased,” said Cox.
Cox was then arrested and hauled off to jail in front of his son, who was left devastated at what would be his last birthday. Cox’s son died several months later as a result of his terminal brain cancer.
Cox was charged with resisting arrest, which would later be dropped.
He was tasered to the point that he had to hospitalized because he suffered a heart attack and kidney failure as a result of the attack.
Originally Cox thought that the police were at his house because kids attending the party may have parked in someone’s yard.
However, that was not the reason. Police came to Cox’s residence, pulled him to the ground, and tasered him to the point of hospitalization because they had a warrant.
Based on false information from his ex-girlfriend, who had told police that Cox had violated her protection order, police showed up and wreaked havoc.
Cox’s ex-girlfriend said he harassed her at a gas station.
However, according to WLWT, eventually the case went to court. Defense attorneys found security video at the gas station showing the woman, but Cox was not there. In fact, at the time he was seen on security cameras at a cellphone store.
“Because we presented evidence clearly indicating he was not guilty of violating the protection order and not guilty of resisting arrest and because of that evidence the judge dismissed the case with prejudice,” said defense attorney Clyde Bennett.
Monday, Cox filed a federal lawsuit against the two Tri-State police agencies claiming they used excessive force.
No officers were found to be at fault for their lack of investigation or their alleged use of excessive force.
“The officers acted appropriately and in an objectively reasonable manner given the active resistance by Cox, and the number, action, and demeanor of the crowd of people who had formed in the close proximity of the arrest,” wrote Police Chief Paul Hartinger in a press release.