(09/01/2019)
A man claims Roane officers used excessive force in arresting him, left him lying in the snow for an hour.

Brad E. Proctor filed a complaint in the Southern District of West Virginia against the Roane County Commission, the Roane County Sheriff's Department, and four law enforcement officers.

The suit states that on Jan. 18, 2018, the defendants entered the plaintiff's home and arrested him on outstanding warrants.

The plaintiff claims he did not resist arrest or attempt to flee, but alleges he was nevertheless assaulted by the defendants who kicked, punched and beat him. The plaintiff alleges he was thrown into the snow, where he was left to lie for an hour.

The defendant is accused of excessive force and bystander liability.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney's fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Mark S. Plants of Plants Law Offices in South Charleston.

Southern District of West Virginia Circuit Court case number 2:19-CV-00432

Officers being sued include Z. W. Hartley, S. A. McDonald, M. P. King, N. S. Stepp and the Roane County Commission, according to the filing.


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