Mother, son accuse state troopers of use of excessive force

By Philip Gonzales | Feb 28, 2017

CHARLESTON — A mother and son are suing two West Virginia state police troopers, alleging unlawful use of excessive force.

Bruce Bird, individually and by his power of attorney, Teresa Bird, filed a complaint Feb. 9 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against Brian Young and Scott Bass, alleging violation of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 13, 2015, Bruce Bird sustained personal injuries and suffered harm, including severe pain and suffering and emotional distress due to the actions of the defendants. The plaintiffs allege Young and Bass disregarded Bruce Bird's established constitutional right to be free from excessive force by punching, kicking and striking him with a knee to his ribs during an interrogation and denied to provide him medical care.

The Birds seek trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial and costs of court. They are represented by attorney John H. Bryan of Union.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case number 2:17-cv-01232

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