PROTECTING THE MASTERS. From [HERE] and [HERE] A lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the city of Blytheville after attorneys accused Officer Doyne Driskell of using excessive force on their client in September.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims 30-year-old Rayshawn Warren remains at a hospital in Jonesboro in a permanent vegetative state resulting from injuries sustained during his arrest.
Attorneys said Warren's medical bills already surpass $250,000.
The lawsuit claims the white officer has a history of excessive force. It also called excessive force an "institutionalized practice" at the Blytheville Police Department.
WREG requested more than two hours of police body camera footage from Blytheville police Wednesday. Police released portions of two videos amounting to a little more than one minute. One shows police talking to a woman who had complained Warren was trying to barge into her home. The other video shows an officer chasing Warren, then making contact with him before Warren runs off again.
In the edited, remixed video body camera footage showed the officer chasing 30-year-old Rayshawn Warren near 7th and Main Street in Blytheville, Arkansas.
It stops before you can see the actual confrontation but Warren's attorneys said Officer Driskell left him with a crushed trachea, unconscious and with little to no chance of ever getting better.
The lawsuit claimed the officer used “arm bar restraint” and has a history of being overly aggressive in his arrests.
Blytheville Police told us in a released statement that it was Warren who was being overly aggressive.
Police responded after getting several calls of Warren knocking on doors and trying to force his way in.
They released body camera footage of a neighbor describing what happened. The neighbor said Warren was trying to smash the door open and his eyes were big like he was under the influence.
Tonia Daniel, who lives next door to the house, said she believes Warren had meant to come to her house as he's done before to rest and get a drink of water.
"He would come here to rest and he would knock on the door. He knocked on the wrong door unfortunately," Daniel said.
Blytheville police said medical records show Warren had amphetamines [used to treat ADHD and sleep disorders] and THC [marijuana does not cause violence conduct] in his system.
Officer Driskell said he had to tackle Warren to the ground, where Warren resisted arrest by kicking the officers.
Warren’s attorneys said they want to see the confrontation for themselves so they can know what really happened that night.
Blytheville police said this is an ongoing investigation so video showing the confrontation cannot be released.
They said Warren also suffered from cardiac arrest at some point during the arrest, due to the drug use.