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VIDEO: Lawsuit Claims Excessive Force During Arrest But Video Shows Truth

North Charleston, SC – A man who almost crashed into a police car and then tried to flee has filed a lawsuit that claims the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) officer used excessive force when he tackled him (video below).

Police said the incident began on July 1 when 42-year-old Darian Meggett almost crashed head-on into a police vehicle on Lacross Road and kept going, The Post and Courier reported.

The police report said NCPD Officer Christopher Brasseaux caught up with Meggett and turned on his lights to pull him over.

Officer Brasseaux wrote in the report that Meggett stopped his vehicle and “attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by” him, WCBD reported.

Bodycam video showed that Meggett tried to claim that he hadn’t been in the car that almost his the officer, then he claimed he wasn’t the driver of the suspect vehicle.

The police report said that Meggett was “reaching into his pockets discarding items on the ground” as he was being arrested.

Officers found multiple baggies that field-tested positive for THC and cocaine, according to the report.

Police said it also turned out that Meggett was driving on a suspended license, WCBD reported.

Meggett complained of leg and hand pain after he was handcuffed, and officers requested an ambulance.

The police report said that Meggett was taken to Trident Medical Center but refused treatment there, The Post and Courier reported.

Charleston County jail employees refused to book him into their facility with a medical clearance, so he was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he again refused treatment, according to the police report.

He was ultimately taken to Medical University Hospital where he agreed to be treated, The Post and Courier reported.

Meggett was charged with first-degree driving under suspension, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, second-degree possession of marijuana, and reckless driving, according to a police report.

Attorneys for Meggett released a statement that painted a different picture of their client’s encounter with police, and filed a lawsuit against the city that claimed officers used excessive force and seriously injured him, The Post and Courier reported.

The lawsuit claimed Meggett pulled over within 10 seconds of seeing lights behind him and got out of his car and stood with his hands up, WCIV reported.

The complaint said the officer “immediately slammed Mr. Meggett onto the hood of another parked vehicle, and then violently tackled him to the ground, all the while screaming profanities.”

The suit also alleged that Officer Brasseaux “painfully twisted” Meggett’s arm while placing him in handcuffs, according to WCIV.

The lawsuit said that Meggett ended up with a broken neck from being tackled by Officer Brasseaux and now has12 screws, two rods, and unbearable pain in his neck, back and shoulders, WGXA reported.

Attorneys for Meggett complained that police released an edited version of the bodycam video but officials said it was only edited for brevity and no action was left out.

This is not the first time Meggett has filed a lawsuit against NCPD, The Post and Courier reported.

In May, he filed a complaint that alleged he had been injured by NCPD officers while being assisted into a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office transport van.

Meggett claimed on that occasion that he asked for help up the stairs into the van because of a knee injury, but said officer let him fall on the third step causing injury, The Post and Courier reported.

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess acknowledged the press conference about the lawsuit when he released the bodycam video of the incident, The Post and Courier reported.

However, Chief Burgess has not publicly commented on the lawsuit or on the use of force or the allegations by Meggett’s attorneys.

Meggett has called for the officer to be held accountable and disciplined for his treatment, WCBD reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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