A former Richmond County, Georgia jail inmate has taken legal action after deputies tased him after he complied with their demands in an Aug. 30, 2015 incident.
According to WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News, Carlos Seals admitted to using profanity in the presence of deputies while serving in the jail.
But Seals tells reporters that he complied when commanded.
The 2015 surveillance footage shows that Seals did not resist. In fact, he pressed his face against a wall in a secure area and then placed his hands behind his back. Officers then lined up behind him and stunned him, causing a head injury, he said.
“I screamed and everything was over with,” Seals tells Channel 2 Action News. “I watched him come through the door and he say ‘pop his a–.’ As soon as [he] said that, dude shot me back.”
Channel 2 Action News reports that deputies waited before administering medical attention.
Deputy Donnie Crawford — who initially reported that Seals was combative — was fired.
Now, attorneys representing Seals have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford and Deputy Christopher Alexis.
They also want Seals’ $20,000 worth of injuries paid.