Coldwater police officer Lewis Eastmead, who is at the center of a federal lawsuit claiming excessive force, is no longer with the department. Eastmead is accused of grabbing a woman and slamming her to the floor during an arrest. Video of the incident was captured by Branch County Jail surveillance cameras. Several other officers are present in the video, and some also are named in the lawsuit filed Dec. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. In the suit, which seeks at least $75,000 in damages, McNeil said she was grabbed by the hair and slammed to the floor while hand-cuffed. The officer then proceeded to deliver knee-strikes to her unconscious body. Read the rest of the story here.
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After doing nearly 28 years for a crime he didn’t commit, Bernard Young says he’s not angry or bitter – though he’s still got a score to settle with the City of Detroit and the police officer he claims wronged him. On Wednesday, the 59-year-old man whose hair turned gray in the prison system sued the City of Detroit and Sgt. Shelley Foy, claiming they are both responsible for letting him serve 27 years and 179 days in prison for molestation when they knew another man had committed the crime. Young’s lawsuit alleges that Foy knew early on that Young’s two young accusers had recanted their story and outed their real abuser — their mother’s boyfriend — but she withheld this information from Young and his lawyers and cost him decades of […]