A Ferguson officer who recently found himself in the middle of controversy after arresting a journalist is in the spotlight once again. According to HuffPo, the officer, “allegedly hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mail at the end of his driveway.”
According to the 2012 civil suit, Justin Cosma, and fellow officer Richard Carter, approached a boy at the end of his driveway at the mailbox back in 2010. After asking the boy if he’d been playing near a close by highway, the officers, without reason, became “confrontational,” and aggressive.
As the suit describes, “Unprovoked and without cause, the deputies grabbed [the boy], choked him around the neck and threw him to the ground,” The boy was reportedly shirtless as well and, “suffered bruising, choke marks, scrapes and cuts across his body.”
He was then taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released as the officers did not charge him with anything. Furthermore, the boy’s lawyer, Richard R. Lozano, released a statement reading:
“The lawsuit alleges that Justin Cosma and Richard Carter, two deputies with the Jefferson County, Missouri sheriff’s department in 2010, assaulted my client during an encounter on my client’s driveway while his mother was inside their house. My client was 12 years old at the time, shirtless and was not suspected of any criminal behavior. He was checking the mail. The deputies approached my client and the encounter quickly escalated. My client was restrained, choked, thrown to the ground and hogtied by the two deputies. He suffered scrapes and choke marks to his neck. No charges were ever brought against my client. It is my understanding that Justin Cosma is currently an officer with the City of Ferguson.”
Is this just coincidence, or is police brutality running rampant in the Ferguson community?