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Cops Use Stun Guns On Compliant Black Man In Jail (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Carlos Seals being tased by deputiesCarlos Seals being tased by deputies

A newly-released surveillance video (below) shows deputies used their stun guns on a compliant black man, Carlos Seals, in the Richmond County Jail in Augusta, Georgia, on Aug. 30, 2015.

"I watched him come through the door and he say pop his a--," Seals told WSB-TV. "Fractured skull. I had bleeding on the brain. and it messed my nerves up in my back, I had a stroke."

Seals was standing with his back to the deputies, hands behind his back, and the officers used their stun guns on him, which contradicted the initial police report.

Deputy Donnie Crawford wrote in a police report that Seals was combative and refused to comply, so a stun gun was fired, but did not connect. The report added that Seals was still combative, so a second stun gun was used on the African-American man.

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Seals told the news station that he did use profanity to the deputies, but obeyed them when ordered to stand against a wall and put his hands behind his back, which is what the video shows.

After Seals had been hit with the stun guns he dropped to the floor, hitting his head.

Two lawyers, Anita Lamar and Craig Jones, have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Seals against Richmond County, Deputy Donnie Crawford and Deputy Christopher Alexis.

"I was absolutely horrified," Lamar told the news station. "The video clearly depicts Carlos has his hands behind him in a surrender position."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office refused to comment, except to say that Crawford was fired, and Alexis was not disciplined.

Seals has racked up more than $20,000 in medical bills related to the incident, which the county has refused to pay.

Richmond County made news in 2014 when its private probation firm, Sentinel Offender Services, was found to have numerous failures in misdemeanor probation cases according to a state audit, reported MetroSpirit.com.

The two lawyers accused Sentinel of using warrants and the jail as a way to collect fees. The attorneys represented over a dozen former probationers who claimed that Sentinel had violated their rights.

Sources: WSB-TVMetroSpirit.com / Photo credit: WSB-TV/YouTube

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