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Suit Over Police Beating of Fort Worth Prisoner Settled for $120,000

On August 24, 2010, the City of Fort Worth, Texas agreed to settle a former prisoner’s civil rights suit for $120,000.

Carey Cass Hudson, then 38, was arrested by Fort Worth police officer F.V. Anderson on June 14, 2008 for suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). At the time, Hudson was changing a flat tire and Anderson had not seen him driving. She took him to the downtown police station’s holding facility where, according to a federal civil rights suit filed by Hudson, police officer Collin Harris beat him while he was handcuffed.

The department conducted an initial internal review, a cursory investigation, when Hudson filed an insurance claim. However, no full investigation was conducted until Hudson filed his lawsuit. That investigation turned up a videotape which showed Harris handcuffing Hudson’s wrists behind his back, then grabbing his head and slamming it into the wall and floor. While Hudson rolls on the floor, his face dripping blood, he is surrounded by a circle of police officers and jail employees who do nothing to stop the beating.

Harris allegedly also prevented two paramedics and a nurse from treating Hudson’s wounds, so that he received no medical attention until he was released from jail after posting bond hours after the beating. Hudson allegedly suffered a broken nose, a broken eye orbit, a broken temporary bridge, lacerations of the face and head, and a concussion that caused him to temporarily lose consciousness. The DWI charges against him were later dropped.

“Anyone who saw the video probably shared my thoughts of concern for Mr. Hudson,” said then-Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.

Because Hudson did not file an internal affairs complaint, and the full investigation did not occur until after the lawsuit was filed, the officers involved will not face disciplinary charges due to the length of time that had elapsed. Presumably, they won’t face criminal charges either. Hudson was represented by attorney Greg Fitzgerald. See: Hudson v. City of Fort Worth, U.S.D.C. (N.D. Texas), Case No. 4:09-cv-00483-A.

Source: Fort-Worth Star-Telegram

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