FORT LAUDERDALE – A man alleges he was injured by a police officer when he was removed from a police vehicle.
Simpson filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Florida against Lee Coel alleging
false arrest/false imprisonment and excessive force.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on April
3, 2013, he was arrested for obstructing or resisting without violence
by Coel, who is a member of the Miramar Police Department. He alleges there was no probable cause to arrest him. The suit
states that Coel found a small amount of cannabis in the plaintiff's
The suit states that during a lengthy period of time
before arriving at the police station, the plaintiff fell asleep in the
defendant's police vehicle, and that the defendant violently pulled the
handcuffed plaintiff out of the backseat of vehicle by the
ankles and injured the plaintiff.
The plaintiff holds Coel
responsible because the defendant allegedly subjected plaintiff to
deprivation of rights and privileges under the Constitution against the
excessive use of force, and acted with malice, ill will, spite, intent
to injure, wickedness and desire to oppress plaintiff.
plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant,
compensatory damages of more than $15,000, exemplary damages, costs of
suit, attorney's fees, and other relief as the court may deem just. He
is represented by Eric Rudenberg of Rudenberg & Glasser PA in Fort
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 17-cv-60608