Videos show unarmed Kennedale Man being hit 16 times by Officer with flashlight: Suit

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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A Video of a Police Officer Brutally Beating a Black Man

The video of a Texas police officer beating a black man shows the officers'brutality. The man, Clinton Grimsley, was sitting on his porch when officers came to investigate whether he had been setting fires and making noise. Grimsley filed a lawsuit against the officers, including Officer Brian Raines. Raines is accused of hitting Grimsley 16 times with his flashlight. Other officers are also named in the lawsuit, including Officer Christoper Kjelsen.

Two North Texas officers have been sued by a Kennedale resident for excessive forceful use. The lawsuit stems from an incident in 2020 where he claims he was hit 16 times with a metal flashlight. According to the suit, the man ran from officers and was later stopped. He also received multiple hits with an officer's gun. A police dashboard camera and body cameras captured video footage of Clinton Grimsley being struck with a flashlight by one of the defendants. He later said, according to his suit, that he had been roughed up quite a bit. This will require a lot of force. It was like having a bitter taste in my mouth. Grimsley's lawyers filed the suit in Fort Worth in April. Plaintiffs were identified as Kennedale Officer Christoper Kelsen and Mansfield officer Brian Raines. In an email, James Roberts, Grimsley's attorney, stated that this case shows how an officer can use excessive force to achieve a situation. Officer Brian Raines, of Mansfield Police Department hit Mr. Grimsley sixteen times with a flashlight. This caused predictable and serious injuries. Kennedale Police Chief Darrell Hull refused to comment on this lawsuit. Mansfield police stated that they will not comment on any pending lawsuit. Kjelsen, in a court filing, June 13, stated that Grimsley had been hit in the head in a struggle. However, the officer claimed that Grimsley did not comply with officers, and fought them. Kjelsen also tried to control Kjelsen’s Taser, and handgun. Kjelsen responded that Grimsley had hit more officers than just one and that the police used reasonable force. Raines filed a federal court response the following day. He claimed he had not violated Grimsley's rights, and that any use of force was justified. Raines acknowledged hitting Grimsley with both his hands alone, and with his flashlight, but denied that he had hit him sixteen times. According to the document, he also denied laughing at the force used. They also claim qualified immunity against federal claims. Grimsley's suit gave the following account: Kennedale officers Charles Burns and Brian Andrews responded to calls about Grimsley starting fires in his yard, and beating his porch with an object. Andrews and Burns met Grimsley while he was walking from his house. They ordered Grimsley to put down the toy sword that he was holding and to raise his arms. Grimsley agreed and was then asked to take a seat on the porch. Burns asked Grimsley if he needed to speak to a doctor. Grimsley replied, "That's why we were praying." Burns instructed Grimsley to get up in order for him to check for weapons. The suit states that officers took Grimsley's pocketknife and handcuffed him. Grimsley ran away from the officers when he was afraid they would hurt him. Grimsley was handcuffed with his one-arm arm. Officer Kjelsen came up and pointed his gun at Grimsley, instructing him to lie down. Grimsley sat down on his stomach and extended his arms outward from his body. Kjelsen stated in a police investigation that Grimsley ran towards him and that Grimsley fell onto his back. According to the lawsuit, Kjelsen ran towards Grimsley with his body camera and kicked him in both the head. According to the suit, the camera confirmed that Grimsley did not threaten any officers or persons at the time. Kjelsen then climbed on Grimsley's back and pistol-whipped him in the back, hitting him multiple times, according to the suit. Raines arrived at the scene a few minutes later and began to hit Grimsley with a flashlight. Raines was filmed by his bodycam hitting Grimsley sixteen times using his flashlight metal, according to the suit. According to the lawsuit, Clinton Grimsley lay face-down when a Mansfield police officer from Texas beat him with an a flashlight. Raines stated several times after Grimsley was put in a patrol car. According to video, Raines said, Nah, I was hitting Grimsley pretty hard and got (expletive).

Tons of blood in my mouth. Raines said, "I punched him and struck his face with the flashlight," according to the lawsuit. This is where you'll find the injuries. Roberts said Officer Raines was joking and talking flippantly about how he got his flashlight stained when he beat Mr. Grimsley to death. These are the types of behaviors that police should be eliminating from their departments in order to ensure that communities have full trust in law enforcement's ability to serve and protect them. According to Grimsley, Grimsley sustained so many injuries that the suit states that an officer at the scene raised concern about Grimsley, saying, "I don't know whether he opened anything up, but now, it's really bad." Right now, he's bleeding from the head really badly. The mask is soaking him up really badly. He's soaking up the mask really bad. Will the prison take that as well? According to the lawsuit, Clinton Grimsley suffered profuse bleeding from injuries sustained by Kennedale-Mansfield police officers. According to the lawsuit, Grimsley sustained several injuries to his head and face, as well as a broken left orbital floor, permanent scarring and lacerations. Kjelsen, as of last week was an officer at Kennedale police. Raines works as a sergeant for Mansfield police. According to Tarrant County criminal records, Grimsley was accused of assaulting a peace officer and evading arrest. According to court records, the assaulting peace officer charge was dropped. However, he was sentenced for 150 days in prison on two other charges. Grimsley was sentenced in 2002 to 20 years imprisonment for a murder conviction for the August 2001 death of his father. His father was killed by the shotgun.