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Officer punches suspect, doesn't provide medical assistance

The Houston Police Department has been sued after an incident involving a suspect and a police officer left the suspect with a badly-injured face. There are many questions people have about how the police handled the situation.

According to the criminal complaint, the police officer and his partner pulled over a vehicle that allegedly ran a red light. When the people in the vehicle pulled over, the police got out and approached the car. They smelled "fresh marijuana," and asked the two people inside of the car to get out.

While the police officer at the center of the lawsuit was questioning the suspect at the center of the lawsuit, the other person in the vehicle fled the scene. The officer's partner chased that man down, while the officer being sued decided to body slam the plaintiff and cause him to lose consciousness with blows to the head. Two photos from our source article show the terrible injuries the man suffered at the hands of the police officer.

The police officer never called an ambulance or sought to provide any medical help. He arrested the man and tried to take him to jail. But the jail wouldn't accept him because the injuries he suffered were too severe. Jail doctors asked he be taken to the hospital first.

This is just egregious behavior. An officer attacks a suspect who isn't fleeing, then fails to provide any medical assistance when it was clearly needed, per the later request from jail doctors. Such police brutality is unacceptable.

Source: Houston Press, "Lawsuit Claims Houston Officer Beat Up Man Suspected of Marijuana Possession," Meagan Flynn, July 12, 2017

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