Edgar Co. (ECWd) -
Once again local police have found themselves in a Civil Rights lawsuit filed June 21, 2018, by Redwood Law Offices.
The suit names Jesse Lewsader, Richard Wilson, Rayan Washburn, and the city of Paris as Defendants.
According to the filing, this suit is a "civil action arising under the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. '' 1983 and 1988, and the Common Law of Illinois.".
"By the actions described herein, Defendants Jesse Lewsader, Richard Wilson and Ryan Washburn willfully and wantonly committed the following wrongful acts against the Plaintiff, which are tortious under the laws of the State of Illinois."
"a. Assault by breaking the door and entering plaintiff’s home in a threatening and frightening manner and threatening Plaintiff with Battery, thereby placing Plaintiff in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery;
b. Battery by attacking, handcuffing and searching Plaintiff to effect an arrest made in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which was a harmful or offensive un-consented touching of Plaintiff’s person;
c. Trespass by entering and remaining within Plaintiff’s home without a warrant and without consent, and after being told not to come in;
d. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress by breaking into Plaintiff’s home with force, attacking Plaintiff’s person and using a Taser against Plaintiff, which was objectively extreme and outrageous and which was rooted in an abuse of power and authority and done with the deliberate intention of causing the Plaintiff severe emotional distress or in reckless disregard of the probability that this conduct would cause severe emotional distress, which did cause the Plaintiff severe emotional distress and which was undertaken with malice, willfulness and deliberate indifference to Plaintiff’s rights, such that the Defendants’ actions shock the conscience."
The suit also alleges;
"the City of Paris Illinois failed to develop and implement adequate policies and procedures, which enabled Paris police officers, including Defendants Jesse Lewsader, Richard Wilson and Ryan Washburn, to engage in conduct that violates the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens, including plaintiff, without fear of reprimand, discipline or criminal prosecution, creating an atmosphere where such unconstitutional behavior is ratified, tolerated, acquiesced or condoned, in reckless disregard and deliberate indifference to the welfare of the public, including plaintiff, thereby proximately causing, in whole or in part, damage to his person, mental and emotional distress and monetary damages and depriving plaintiff of his rights under the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution in violation of 42 U.S.C. '1983."
We will update as this case moves through the Federal Court Docket.