Man punched by Sequim police files federal lawsuit

Today’s post was shared by The Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group and comes from www.king5.com.

Morgan Weimer, 46, works all over Western Washington finishing drywall and likes to unwind at the Oasis bar near his home in Sequim after work. Weimer said the Oasis is usually low key, but it wasn’t when he stopped in for a drink on May 12, 2013. That weekend there were a lot of festivals going on and the Oasis was packed.

Weimer said a man at the bar started jostling and taunting him.

“I was being poked in my back, my spine and by that time I’d had enough,” said Weimer, “I turned with my elbow and nudged him, threw an elbow at him.”

A scuffle broke out just as Sequim police were coming in. Weimer said one of the officers told him he wanted to talk to him outside.

“I started to walk out the door and that’s when I got thrown into a planter box in front and started getting punched by a police officer,” Weimer said.

Surveillance video shows two officers leaning over Weimer who’s pinned against the planter. Weimer said his face was smashed into the dirt and one arm was pinned underneath of him.

“He says, relax your arm. I said ‘officer,’ and before I could say ‘officer I can’t’, he threw the first punch.”

Cell phone video taken by an onlooker shows an officer, later identified as Grant Dennis, punching Weimer three times in his back.

“I didn’t understand the force being used,” Weimer said. “After two or three blows I thought this guy is going to hurt me bad and I don’t know why.”

Weimer filed a federal lawsuit…

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