Police sued for arresting a minor with excessive force in the US

Colorado.- The father of a teenage girl filed a lawsuit Wednesday against three police officers in Loveland, Colo., who arrested her in 2020, saying the men used excessive force when they threw the 14-year-old girl against concrete and fired a Taser at her.

Officers with the Loveland Police Department had searched for the daughter, who is identified in the lawsuit only as SS, after she slapped a boy in a Safeway supermarket parking lot because she believed he had been cheating on her with another girl, it says. the demand. The boy, who denied cheating on her, refused to press charges, according to body camera footage of him speaking to officers, which was released Wednesday by the family’s attorney, Sarah Schielke.

The three officers named in the lawsuit, Matt Sychla, Jeremiah Wood and Evan Dunlap, still arrested SS outside his home that day. The arrest surprised his father, Jon Siers, who repeatedly told officers what they were doing “was completely wrong,” the suit says.

Siers was later charged with resisting arrest; his daughter was charged with stalking, domestic violence, obstruction and resisting arrest. The charges against him were eventually dismissed, Schielke said.

“Seeing my daughter go through this, I mean, I was terrified,” Siers said by phone. “I was defenseless. I felt powerless watching them mistreat my daughter the way they did.”

Loveland City Manager Steve Adams said in a statement that while the “incidents were initially reviewed and deemed appropriate at the time of the event,” he would open a second review of the arrest by an independent public safety agency. and law enforcement.

“Best practices in law enforcement will be upheld and we are committed to accountability if those standards are not upheld,” he said.

It’s not clear if the officers had attorneys, and the Loveland Police Department did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

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