Charlotte, North Carolina (AP) —According to a lawsuit, a white North Carolina police officer broke a car window with a baton in 2018 and then threw her into a piece of glass, causing multiple cuts that needed hospital treatment. The black driver says he left it.
Charlotte’s Daniel Helena Downing, now 39, was batoned when Mooresville police officer Josh Barlow tried to hand over his car license plate in a proceeding filed in a federal court in Charlotte on April 2. He states that he used it to break the car window. Charlotte Observer Reported on Tuesday. Mooresville is about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of Charlotte.
According to the proceedings, Barlow dragged her out of the car and threw her into the pavement above a piece of glass, causing many cuts and other injuries. A few days later, Downing says he pulled the windowpane out of his mouth in a complaint.
Downing, who suffered multiple cuts and bruise as well as missing teeth, was handcuffed and left on the ground, the lawsuit said. According to the proceedings, the case may have been captured by Barlow’s worn camera.
According to the proceedings, Barlow never told her why she was stopped. A copy of the incident report obtained by the newspaper does not show what led to the traffic outage. According to official records, Downing was arrested for resistance to civil servants and for assaulting civil servants, but the charges were withdrawn six months later.
According to the proceedings, two days after the traffic suspension, Downing filed a formal complaint with the Mooresville police. One of Barlow’s bosses talked to Downing and asked, “What do we need to do to get rid of this altogether?” The proceedings say.
In the Downing proceedings, Barlow, the town of Mooresville, Iredell County, and the police station were appointed as defendants. It accuses them of unconstitutional violations, including unjustified seizures and excessive force, negligence, assault and assault.
Neither Barlow nor Pat Flanagan, a lawyer representing the town and police station, responded to requests for comment. Mooresville spokeswoman Kim Cellars said Tuesday that the town had not received a copy of the complaint, but did not comment on the proceedings in dispute.
Downing could not be asked for comment, and her lawyer, Cheyenne Chambers, said she could not comment on the proceedings in the proceedings.