Cops Helped Home Team Beat Up Visitors, Says Georgia High School Coach David Daniel

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A former high school football coach in Warren County, Ga., is suing after he says football players in Hancock County partnered with off-duty police to ambush and beat up his team.

Former coach David Daniel retired after he suffered injuries from a football brawl on Oct. 14, 2011. He was hit in the face with a helmet and had to have reconstructive surgery on his eyes. Now he’s asking for a jury trial in civil court.

Daniel said after a game in which his Warren Country Blue Devils beat Hancock Central 21 to 2, they were locked out of their visitor’s locker-room and then ambushed. He says a Hancock player hit him in the face with a helmet, when he attempted to stop him from beating up one of his players. He also claims three off-duty police officers sprayed his players with pepper spray.

The civil suit names Hancock County School District, former Hancock football player Kendrez Mayweather, and police officers Richard Mayweather, Tampa Lewis, and Patrick Williams.

"Upon seeing the Hancock Central and Warren County players running toward each other, defendants Richard Mayweather, Lewis and Williams, with deliberate indifference, ran in front of the Hancock County players and began spraying the Warren County players with pepper spray,” the complaint states. “The actions of defendants Richard Mayweather, Lewis and Williams disabled Warren County players but allowed the Hancock Central players to continue advancing and hitting the Warren County players."

His statements are hotly contested by Hancock supporters. Several witnesses claim they saw Daniel hit the Hancock player first, WRDW reported.

The suit seeks actual and punitive damages for violation of the right to due process, medical bills, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

"Mr. Daniel sustained serious personal injuries as a result of being struck in the face and head with a helmet by defendant Kendrez Mayweather," the complaint states. "Mr. Daniel's injuries include, but are not limited to a 'blow out' of the bones surrounding Mr. Daniel's right eye. Mr. Daniel was required to undergo extensive medical care and many surgical procedures for injuries to his eyes."

Sources: WRDW, Courthouse News Service