Teen accuses officer of excessive force that left him injured

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Posted on October 31, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 31 at 6:58 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A Louisville teenager had to get several staples in his head after allegedly getting knocked to the ground by an off-duty LMPD officer.

The scuffle allegedly started when the teen tried to sneak into a movie.

The 17-year-old boy says while his father and younger brother were going to see “The Smurfs” movie, he and his friends went to see “Paranormal Activity 3”.

The problem was that the movie was rated "R" and the boy didn't have his ID.

He said when he tried to meet his other family members, he was confronted by a police officer and eventually ended up in the emergency room.

“He slammed me onto the concrete,” said the 17-year-old Louisville boy. “That's when my head hit the concrete.”

The teen says before the rated “R” show he went to see started, off duty LMPD Officer Michael Jackson came in looking for underage kids.

“Either he's gonna kick us out or send us to the movie we're supposed to be at,” the teen said.

The teen, who didn't bring his identification, says he went to try to find his father, but was detained in the hallway by Officer Jackson.

Jackson's report says the teen was non-compliant when told to leave and jerked away.

It says the boy even tried to strike the officer before the officer subdued him with a "leg sweep".


The teen hit the floor, cracked open his head and suffered a seizure.

He was rushed by ambulance to University of Louisville Hospital.

“To walk into a room with your son with blood coming from his head and you're just seeing blood everywhere was just horrifying to me,” said the boy’s mother, Chiquana Trotter.

She says Officer Jackson later came to the hospital, not to check on her son, but to charge him with disorderly conduct and menacing.

“It was like a slap in the face. You can do this to my son, and then cite him for something,” Trotter said.

The family is asking for a formal investigation.

Last month, another officer came under investigation after he was captured on videotape striking a man with his flashlight at Fourth Street Live.

The man struck was also charged with disorderly conduct and menacing.

Trotter wants something else from Officer Jackson.

“I think he owed my son a huge apology,” Trotter said. “He needs some anger management himself when dealing with the public. You can't do people like that.”

An LMPD spokesperson we talked to Monday said he was unfamiliar with the incident but said the department would look into it after a formal complaint is filed.

The teen and his father planned to file that complaint late Monday afternoon.
 

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