The four cops falsely accused a 68-year-old African-American woman and her son of stealing: Now the police are accused of using excessive force
Missouri's 68-year-old woman, Marvia Gray and her 43-year-old son, Derek, were brutally beaten during a false arrest on suspicion of stealing a TV. Now the family has filed a lawsuit against the city.
The incident occurred on March 23rd inside the Des Peres store. According to the details of the lawsuit, both suspects received multiple injuries, including injuries to tailbone, back, shoulder, knees and arms, a concussion, three shattered teeth and other injuries, reports The Daily News.
In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed that the officers were aware that the “suspects” were innocent. The store manager also confirmed their words, but despite this, the police still decided to arrest the innocent, as if deliberately creating a conflict from scratch.
As a result of numerical superiority, the police managed to suppress the will of Marvia Gray and Derek. During the arrest, one of the officers also received several bruises, according to police reports.
The court documents said that the family realized that the policeman was interested in them and in their purchase and decided to return the TV to the store, in the hope that this would save them from false accusations.
At the moment when Derek made out the return of goods, four officers attacked them and beat him handcuffed.
“I said, ‘They’re going to kill him,’” Gray recalled. “I could see my son dying before my eyes.”
When the video went viral and the lawsuit was filed, the city’s public safety director, Douglas Harms told the AP that the officers "the officers used excessive force to‘ beat ’the plaintiffs.”
According to the latest information, Marvia Gray was charged with interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.