The officers held the teen down and inserted two pens and the butt of a flashlight into his mouth searching for contraband. They didn’t find any.
Huntsville, AL — A teenager is dead and a mother’s life in shambles as the state’s repugnant and immoral war on drugs rages on.
A 17-year-old boy has fallen prey to a violent assault by Huntsville police, who’d rather attack people for possessing arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state, than solve actual crime.
Smith’s son was caught in an undercover sting operation in June of 2013 while exchanging money for drugs with an informant. When undercover police rushed in to make the arrest, they did not identify themselves and the 17 year old ran, according to the lawsuit.
The boy was then thrown to the ground and pepper-sprayed.
After pepper spraying the teen, officers held him down and inserted two pens and the butt of a flashlight into his mouth searching for contraband. They didn’t find any.
The boy could not breathe and had turned blue by the time paramedics arrived, according to the complaint.
The 17-year-old choked, began vomiting and lost consciousness while handcuffed but officers refused to render aid, according to the lawsuit filed by Nancy Smith, the teen’s mother.
Police initially told paramedics that the teen had overdosed, but initial reports show that the blood tests were thrown out so they would have no way of substantiating their assertion.
The autopsy report also states that, “Because of the circumstances of this event, it is difficult to discern if the decedent died from a drug overdose or an asphyxia event exacerbated by either the occlusion of the airway by the foreign object, a possible vascular occlusion associated with the neck restraint, or from a combination of all the events that transpired during this incident.”
In a disgusting move by Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion, he denied the original wrongful death allegations saying that police responding to the scene and “handled this matter appropriately.”
Joffrion can assert that throwing a teenager to the ground, spraying asphyxiating chemicals in his face, ramming sharp objects and a flashlight in his mouth, and brutally beating him, all to stop the voluntary exchange of substances for money is, “handling a matter appropriately,” because he is speaking on behalf of the state, which condones such a rapacious response to people doing what they want with their own bodies.
Despite being told to take a hike by the city of Huntsille by throwing out her case in October over a technicality, the mother of this boy, whose life was ended early by a defunct system of obstinateness and brutality, is refusing to lie down.
According to AL.com, she filed a new complaint on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Huntsville. It now alleges that a failure to train officers has created a “reputation for excessive force” and a tolerance of improper behavior by officers.
The lawsuit also alleges the two officers involved in the arrest of the teen failed to prevent the other from engaging in excessive force.
The suit alleges the arresting officers caused the teen’s death by use of excessive force.
The lawsuit names several defendants including Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris, Lt. Lee Trimble, STAC Sgt. DeWayne McCarver, Deputy Chief Kirk Giles, Sgt. Glen Eaves, agent Glen Eaves, agent Tesla Hughes, agent Joseph Blake Dean, investigator Charlie Gray and agent Terry Lucas.
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