From [HERE] and [HERE] The parents of a Black teenage girl who says she was “body-slammed” by an Arlington police officer during a melee at an end-of-summer party have filed a federal lawsuit against the officer. The lawsuit, filed by Julie and Kirk Perry on Thursday in Fort Worth, says officer Dylan Eckstrom used excessive force when he lifted the then-15-year-old girl a foot off the ground and drove her, back-first, into the pavement.
The incident happened in a parking lot. A cellphone video, which went viral, shows the officer forcing the girl to the ground – by picking her up from behind and bodyslamming her down on her back. The officer then scrapes her face on the pavement and pepper sprays her face at close range – which caused pain in her open wounds, the lawsuit says.
The officer outweighs the girl by nearly 100 pounds, according to the lawsuit.
The girl was charged with fighting in public after a melee broke out Aug. 8 at 1010 Collins, an entertainment and events center, when a private party was shut down early.
Eckstrom ticketed the girl, who pleaded not guilty in Arlington Municipal Court in September. A jury trial is tentatively set for July, according to a court official. In other words despite the ugly conduct of the officer, a white prosecutor made a decision to go forward with this silly case. Could a black police officer have done this to a white teenage girl in Texas?
Arlington police said the report from their internal investigation is under final review but did not know when it will be released. Calls seeking comment from the Arlington city attorney’s office and James Jeffrey, the attorney for Eckstrom, were not returned.
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