Kephart was driving in Rimforest, 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in May when he honked at a patrol vehicle that turned in front of him, according to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court.
The sheriff’s deputy then circled his patrol car back behind Kephart’s vehicle and pulled him over at a nearby gas station, the lawsuit said.
The deputy ordered Kephart out of his car at gunpoint, forced him to the ground, and was joined by a sergeant and another deputy, the lawsuit said.
The three officers used their electroshock Taser weapons on Kephart “without provocation or justification” for about 10 minutes, expending five cartridges, the lawsuit states.
Kephart, who the suit said was “overheard screaming for help,” stopped breathing at the gas station.
This is not exclusively Native related, but should serve as a reminder to us that what happened to John T. Williams is not an isolated incident, and not just something that happens to minorities. The trend across the country is more violent, abusive cops. On top of that, they will threaten you with abuse or a lifetime in prison for filming or recording them. Remember, don’t talk to the police!