Attorney claims excessive force in lawsuit

Attorney claims excessive force in lawsuit

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A Mississippi County attorney has filed a lawsuit in circuit court alleging excessive force was used in an arrest earlier this month. The suit is against the City of Blytheville, Police Chief Ross Thompson and Officer Stephen Sigman.

In the lawsuit, filed by James W. Harris, the complaint alleges that Officer Sigman used excessive force on July 4, 2016 when he deployed a Taser against Chardrick Mitchell.

Police charged Mitchell with obstruction, resisting arrest and refusal to submit to arrest.

Video from the officer's body camera showed the incident. Click here.

Attorney's claim "at no point prior to deploying the taser did the officer ever tell Mitchell he was under arrest," a statement read. "It was only after shooting Mitchell with the taser did the officer tell Mitchell that he was under arrest."

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses.

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