SALISBURY, N.C. — The family of a 92-year-old pastor is accusing a Salisbury police officer of slamming him into the ground at an assisted living center, breaking bones in his pelvis.
The family filed a lawsuit against that officer and the city of Salisbury, according to WSOC.
J.W. Loy, 92, is a minister and spent his life serving his community. He was living at the Salisbury Gardens Assisted Living facility last year when police say he became belligerent started waving his cane at staff members.
Family members say officers, including Officer Chris Hamm, approached Loy, grabbed him behind the collar and slammed him to the floor.
Shari Keller said her father suffered broken bones in his pelvis and spent four days in the hospital.
Hamm’s attorney said in an email Tuesday Loy was trying to hit the other officer with his cane and Hamm grabbed the elderly man by the shoulder.
The email stated Hamm attempted to break the fall, and, “This was not the officer’s intent to injure Loy.”
The city has promised a thorough investigation of Salisbury police.