Black Inmate Sues Sheriff’s Office For Choking Him During Mugshot
Christopher Johnson is suing after he says two county employees put their hands around his neck and choked him for about 30 seconds.
Johnson was arrested July 25, 2015 on suspicion of drunk driving. His attorney says at the time of booking, Johnson was berated and ridiculed for smiling in his mugshot.
“He was choked, in front of a room full of people, for smiling. That’s very humiliating,” said attorney Andre Evans, who is representing Johnson in a civil rights lawsuit filed in Federal Court.
In the lawsuit, Johnson accused a deputy of saying several times, “Man, stop smiling!”
“This is how I always take my pictures,” Johnson stated in the lawsuit.
That is when Johnson says a second deputy with gloves entered the equation. The deputies allegedly began to choke Johnson by placing their hand around his neck.
Johnson’s attorneys maintain their client suffered significant pain and mental anguish from the alleged event.
What the entire hell!??!