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Intoxicated inmate charges officer with excessive force

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 6, 2015

A Bowie County resident filed a lawsuit against a Collin County police officer for alleged excessive force in 2013 when his restraint of the woman while in custody resulted in physical injuries.

Veronica Anne Jones filed a complaint against Billy McIntosh in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas on July 1, claiming liability in a July 2013 jail incidence of violence which purportedly left the plaintiff with serious injuries including broken bones and teeth.

According to the suit, the plaintiff was arrested for driving while intoxicated on or about July 7, 2013. When she was detained and began to rip pages out of a bible in her jail cell, the defendant allegedly entered her cell, removed the bible from her grasp, and thrust her onto the concrete floor with such force that she suffered a broken jaw, ruptured eardrums, a chin laceration, and six lost or broken teeth.

The complaint cites McIntosh with use of excessive force, stating “No reasonable law enforcement official would have acted as the Defendant did under these circumstances,” and maintaining that he displayed willful indifference to the plaintiff’s constitutional rights.

Jones asserts physical and psychological pain, mental anguish, impairment, medical and dental expenses, and loss of quality of life. She seeks compensation for damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs. 

The plaintiff is represented by Scott Palmer and J.R. Fletcher of Scott H. Palmer in Dallas.

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case 4:15-cv-00446-ALM

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