Dashcam video shows Kansas sheriff's deputy intentionally drove over former detective
The video released shows a sheriff's deputy driving a truck as he knocks over a black running man in a field. According to police reports, the man fled after a traffic stop.
35-year-old former police detective from Kansas City Lionel Womack's lawyers, argue Kiowa County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Rodriguez used excessive force.
The incident took place on August 15th.
“When the first officer turned his lights on, I pulled over and complied ... exactly as you're supposed to. But when three additional vehicles pulled up quickly and started to surround my car, I freaked out. That's when I took off, it was a “fight or flight” moment and I was going to live,” he said, according to The Daily Mail. “I felt like I was in danger. This was out in the country, late at night, and it was dark. So I ran for my life. That's what you see in the dashcam video. I'm running in an open field, and I'm scared.”
Court documents say Womack was unarmed.
As a result of the collision, Womack suffered serious injuries to his back, pelvis and thigh as well as to his right knee, ankle and foot.
Four months after the incident, Womack is in jail. Rodriguez was not fired. However, the plaintiff's lawyers demand that the officer be prosecuted.