A 24-year-old man from Prince George County has plans of filing a lawsuit against a Maryland police department after he says some of the agency’s officers applied excessive force which led to him suffering injuries. NBC Washington reported that the 24-year-old and a few of his friends had been standing outside of a convenience store on July 16th in District Heights when they were approached by Prince George police officers. Mikel Kennie, 24, says that he was distributing apparel from his clothing line Whatispluto at the time when the officers boxed the men in.
Kennie told the news source that after the officers had surrounded the men, an officer struck a friend of his, subdued him, and then struck Kennie. The source shared video footage from the incident and in it, an officer can be seen striking Kennie several times. The 24-year-old says he suffered bruises, lacerations, and a concussion. When recounting the incident, Kennie told the source “I don’t know what death is like, but this felt like death.”
A Police Brutality Attorney is Retained
As a result of the level of the force that was applied during the incident, Kennie announced that he will be suing the police department. He also retained a lawyer who put out this statement, “The force that was used on him was not reasonable. He was taken to the ground and as the video shows, he was struck several times.” Aside from becoming a victim of excessive force, Kennie says that none of the officers were wearing N95 masks which are required by the department to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The man told the source that while he was being beaten, he was also trying to protect his face from the officers that weren’t wearing their masks.
There are Always Two Sides to a Story
While Kennie and his friends believe they were victims of police excessive force, the officers involved say that after they approached the men to issue them citations for trespassing, one of the men allegedly became aggressive. A police statement also says that “The suspect continued to refuse to comply with orders to put his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed. Two additional officers were required to make the arrest. One officer did strike the suspect in order to help gain control of his hands.”
The source says an investigation into the incident has been launched but that no officers have been suspended as of yet.
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