Excessive Force Lawsuit Filed Against City of Laurel
Document cites excessive force, battery, and negligence in police slapping incident.
A man who said he was assaulted earlier this month by a Laurel Police officer has filed a lawsuit in Prince George's County Circuit Court against the City of Laurel.
The seven page suit contends that D'Ante Williams, 27, was subject to excessive force, battery, assault, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress at the hands of the Laurel Police Department after being handcuffed Aug. 5 at the Laurel Station Bar and Grill.
The suit names J. Diaz-Chavarria as the officer who struck Williams repeatedly on the head and face while he was being taken away from the bar handcuffed. Police said they were called to the bar after Williams had been involved in a fight. Williams’ account of what happened was caught on video by a witness at the scene and was later broadcast on WJLA/ABC 7 news.