Second allegation of excessive force against Tukwila officer
TUKWILA, Wash. -- A former Tukwila police officer is facing another allegation of excessive force and civil rights violations after a man claimed his ankle was shattered during an unprovoked attack.
Robert Turner says it's been two years of a pain for what was less than eight minutes of confusion in a backyard in April of 2011.
"You can see the scar. It goes all the way from here, all the way down into there," he said while lifting up his pant leg near his ankle.
Turner said that night he and fellow members of his car club were hosting a late-night barbeque. He said police investigated what they thought were gun shots in the nearby woods.
"Next thing you know, police are storming the back yard," he said.
In a complaint filed last week, Turner said he was walking towards police to check on a friend who was being questioned when officer Nicholas Hogan stopped him.
"He tried to push me, he lost his footing and he fell down. And when he fell down, I just laid on the ground and that's when the stomping began, and five officers just jumped on me and started beating me," Turner said.
The complaint claims that Hogan or another officer broke Turner's ankle, resulting in two surgeries and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
"They beat me pretty good. Maced me, Tased me. Two Tasers," he said.
The suit also says the King County jail initially denied booking Turner until he had medical attention to clean off the pepper spray. Charges were also dropped.
Tukwila police were unable to comment Thursday night, but Hogan left the force some time ago.
KOMO 4 found court records showing the city of Tukwila settled a civil rights lawsuit involving Hogan last year for $100,000.
He is now a member of Snoqualmie's police force and the department said it knew of his discipline record. A spokesperson with department said that since Hogan came to their force in February, he has "been working out fantastic" and that they have "absolutely zero concerns."
Turner hopes his story brings change.
"I understand they have a hard job, but you don't just come in and start just harassing-just going crazy on people when you don't even know the deal yet," he said.