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Coldwater officer at heart of excessive force lawsuit no longer on the job

Jan 15, 2018 - Newsroom by

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.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Dec 22, 2017 - Blog by

According to the Federal Highway Administration, 24% of all weather-related accidents occur on snowy or icy pavement. Out of those crashes, over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 are injured. This doesn’t even include the number of those who are killed or injured during snowfall. With winter weather now affecting many in the U.S., it is extremely important to remember safe driving habits while traveling through snow and ice. Here are our top 10 winter driving tips: Drive slowly. Take your time while driving in snowy/icy weather conditions. Make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is filled completely and keep an extra gallon in your car. You can go through a lot of fluid during a snowy commute. Keep moving while going up […]