Photos: Leg bar takedown knocks out woman

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM

DALLAS - A Dallas woman arrested in July of 2011 on a driving while intoxicated charge filed a $75,000 lawsuit Tuesday against a former Dallas County detention officer over excessive force that damaged her teeth and left her unconscious.

Video from the Dallas County Jail showed Rachel Graham perform a leg bar takedown on Rhonda Wells as she was handcuffed and being booked into the jail. In the video, you can then see Graham turn back to continue filling out paperwork as an unconscious Wells lays on the ground motionless. Seconds later, an officer used her foot to nudge down Wells' skirt, which moved up exposing her underwear during the takedown.

According to a complaint filed by Wells' attorney, Graham made the move because Wells stepped over a line where she was told to stand. In addition to being knocked out, Wells also suffered broken teeth during the incident.

Graham was fired in 2011 and prosecuted on a felony charge of official opression against the defendant.

Wells requested a jury trial and plans to address the incident and her suit in an 11:30 a.m. news conference Wednesday.

 


 

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