CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man's excessive-force lawsuit can proceed against two sheriff's deputies accused of slamming him into the ground so hard that it broke his jaw and several teeth and caused facial fractures.
A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court's decision dismissing the lawsuit.
The 2010 lawsuit by 36-year-old Lucas Burgess of Fairborn was against Greene County sheriff's deputies and other county officials. Burgess says deputies slammed his face into the ground on Jan. 23, 2009, while he was handcuffed for making a sarcastic remark that one of them should perform oral sex on him.
Edward Dowd, the attorney representing the defendants, says he's disappointed in Friday's ruling but needs to analyze the lengthy court opinion before commenting further.