KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three police officers have been sued and a criminal investigation has been launched after a man accused the officers of excessive force during an arrest.
An attorney for Manuel Palacio says his client was not armed but was punched, kicked and spit on during the arrest on May 2, 2014.
Some disturbing comments were made during the course of the 12 minutes captured on dash cam.
Palacio has sued the Kansas City Police Department. He says two officers committed battery and assault against him. He alleges that the police sergeant who didn’t stop the excessive force was part of a conspiracy to commit assault.
“I didn’t do nothing officer,” Palacio is heard saying on the dash-cam video.
“Oh, you are done, dude. You’re not only going to get an [expletive] whopping from us, but you are going to get one from him!” one officer retorted.
The officer then also says, “I hope his family comes over and takes a ball bat to your head.”
According to the lawsuit, Palacio suffered head and back injuries along with emotional distress, and never resisted arrest.
Palacio never filed a complaint with the police department, but the release of the dash cam video has prompted a criminal investigation.
“The department became aware of a possible case of police misconduct several weeks ago,” according to a statement. “KCPD immediately initiated a criminal investigation, and it is ongoing at this time.”
The officer heard on the video is no longer with the department. The other two officers have been placed on administrative leave.
“This video is making it possible for everyone to be held accountable for their actions,” said Tom Porto, Palacio’s attorney. “I hope that people at home can see this video and find solace that a lawsuit has been filed and that people are going to be held accountable one way or another for their actions that happened on that day.”
Palacio was accused of using force to steal a credit card. He pleaded guilty in October to a lesser charge and was sentenced to five years in prison. He was given credit for time served while in the Jackson County Jail.
The officers allegedly involved in the incident are Shannon Hansen, officer Jacob Harris and Sgt. Todd Hall. Hanson is no longer with the department. Harris and Hall are on administrative duties as the matter is investigated.