Jessie Vernon, a Delaware County man, named the City of Muncie and three other police officers in a federal lawsuit filed on October 22nd, 2019. Vernon alleges that the police officers used excessive force while arresting him on June 9th, 2018. Court documents show that police officers are also accused of false arrest and battery.
Body Camera Footage Released
Muncie Police Department released the body camera footage showing the 2018 arrest. Police Officer Chase Hunter asked his partner Officer Chase Winkle to arrest Vernon after finding a bag with alleged drugs and money supposed to have been thrown by Vernon.
Winkle is seen placing handcuffs on Vernon who struggles to get away. Both body cameras fall to the ground seconds later with the recording going black. But, a scuffle can be heard over something that many people believe should be legalized.
Vernon Was Shot with a Taser and Beaten Up
The federal lawsuit claims that Winkle pulled Vernon up and proceeded to throw him to the ground dislodging his body camera in the process. Winkle and Hunter proceeded to beat him and after repeatedly shooting him with a Taser.
Jessie Vernon suffered a broken collar bone and other serious injuries after the arrest that required multiple surgeries. Delaware County prosecutors on September 5th, 2019 dismissed all felony charges against Vernon. These included possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, narcotic drug possession, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.
The federal lawsuit alleges that Officer Winkle was not appropriate for work as a police officer and that the City of Muncie knew/already knew about it. In addition, City of Muncie negligently supervised and trained its officers.
Chief Joe Winkle reported that federal authorities were in the process of investigating the Muncie Police Department.
Police Misconduct Deserves Immediate Action
It is natural for a victim of police brutality to experience confusion. However, time is of the essence and it is important to consult with a police misconduct lawyer as soon as possible. The process starts by documenting the entire incident. It is important to get the names of all witnesses and their contact information.
In the event of an injury, the victim should document them by taking photos and by saving all pieces of torn clothing and damaged property as a result of the incident. Detailed pictures of the scene are helpful if there is an illegal search and seizure.
It is important to save medical records for future use. It is possible for a defense police misconduct attorney to claim that the injuries were not severe. This makes it important to visit a doctor as soon as possible.