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Fayette County sheriff's office accused of assaulting suspect


By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 8, 2018

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FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayette County man is suing the county sheriff's department and officers, alleging assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

James Lane filed a complaint in Fayette Circuit Court against the Fayette County Sheriff's Department; and deputy sheriffs Ethan A. Shrewsbury; Ryan Fox and Brian Fernandez, alleging violations of the Fourth and 14th Amendments to U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, on Aug. 12, 2016, Lane was assaulted and battered when he was under arrest and in custody of the defendants. Lane alleges, and the medical evident supports, that he was repeatedly struck, knocked to the ground and Tased by the defendants, thereby causing multiple injuries.

The plaintiff alleges the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Shrewsbury, Fox and Fernandez failed to properly book and maintain control of Lane while he was intoxicated and failed to follow protocol in arresting Lane, which resulted in injuries.

Lane seeks trial by jury, all damages, attorney fees, related costs and all other just and equitable relief. He is represented by attorney Paul M. Stroebel of Stroebel & Johnson PLLC in Charleston.

Fayette Circuit Court case number 18-C-150

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