Sesili Tsomaia, of Tbilisi, Georgia has alleged to have been beaten by the police on April 30th, 2020 while being arrested. Tsomaia claims she was savagely beaten only hours after one of her friends self-immolated to protest the law enforcement’s treatment of the LGBTQ community.
Georgia’s State Inspector Service, as per Open Caucus Media, has launched an investigation into the brutal arrest and use of undue violence against Sesili Tsomaia.
Tsomaia Kicked and Punched in Police Altercation
Georgia police allegedly kicked and punched Tsomaia while arresting her. She was being arrested for breaching the city curfew. Tsomaia said she was searching for a pharmacy with her friends as she was feeling unwell. The officers dragged, kicked, and punched her during the incident.
She alleged that her friends made a video of the entire episode but the police officials seized the phones and deleted the footage. Tsomaia is currently facing charges on petty hooliganism and disobeying law enforcement.
Incident Took Place the Same Day as Trans Protest
The beating occurred the same day Tsomaia’s friend self-immolated outside Tbilisi hall as a way to protest the country’s treatment of Trans people.
Madona Kiparoidze lighted herself outside City Hall before being chased by police. Her flaming clothes were removed quickly and she was put under arrest. She was also taken to the hospital by ambulance where she was declared not to have sustained any life-threatening injuries.
Rights against Police Brutality
Police brutality or misconduct is when an innocent citizen gets hurt or killed during police arrest, search or any other altercation. State and federal laws make it illegal for police officers to deprive anyone of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
Victims have a constitutional right to not have to face excessive or unreasonable force from any law enforcement official. However, it is important to get in touch with a police brutality lawyer since police officers have the right to use reasonable force while doing their job.
Citizens are protected from police brutality and misconduct by the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution.
- Fourth Amendment protects all citizens from unreasonable search and seizures. This comes into force for all police brutality cases.
- Eighth Amendment is for inmates and protects them against unusual and cruel punishment.
- Fourteenth Amendment protects the rights of pre-trial detainees who are subjected to excessive force by government officials that amount to punishment.
Every police misconduct incident is unique which makes it necessary to consult with a police brutality attorney. The right lawyer can help make victims aware of their rights.