UPDATE: The FBI has opened an investigation into the matter, the Hernando police chief said Thursday.
Chief Scott Worsham said someone filed a complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the case. The US attorney contacted the local FBI office, which is currently investigating the case.
Two officers were commissioned, Worsham said. He did not identify the officers.
HERNANDO, Miss. (WREG) – It started as a lawsuit last September. Hernando Police were on the heels of Adrian Hoyle, whom they had arrested.
Hoyle pressed the gas as the officer returned to his patrol car. A chase ensued and lasted several minutes before Hoyle’s car crashed.
But it was what happened next that brought this case to court.
Police dash cam video shows police dog K-9 pounce on Hoyle after he got out of his wrecked car.
Hoyle’s attorney said Hernando Police Officer Lynn Brown deployed his assigned K-9 to attack Hoyle, when he was completely helpless and docile.
He says Brown and other officers began physically attacking and assaulting Hoyle with their feet and fists, even kicking him while he was handcuffed, with another officer standing on his back, wiping his feet on Hoyle’s body as if it were a floor mat.
According to the lawsuit, Hoyle suffered dog bites and flesh wounds and was taken by patrol car to the hospital, not an ambulance, which is standard procedure.
The court obtained photos showing some of his injuries. He says Hoyle had to do eight stitches across his chest and torso from dog bites and heartbreaking wounds.
Officer Lynn Brown is specifically named in the $10 million lawsuit for using excessive force and causing bodily harm without due process.
The Hernando Department is included for failing to enforce policy and procedures and for turning a blind eye to Agent Brown’s actions and violations of the constitutional rights of other agents.
But Hernando’s police attorney calls for the Hoyle case to be thrown out, calling it misleading and a total sham.
In a motion to dismiss the case, the attorney says Hoyle fails to mention that he admitted to stealing the car he was in, turning on a light and leading the police on an erratic eight-minute chase, not stopping only after losing control and colliding with two police vehicles. .
But Hoyle’s trial is not the only one involving the same officer Hernando.
Linda White’s son, Jesse White, and his best friend, Kristopher Ford, were killed along Highway 51 in 2019 when Officer Brown continued to chase them.
Linda White and Kristopher Ford’s mother also sued police Hernando and Officer Brown.
“I want justice for my son. That’s all I want,” Linda White said.
The two young men were pulled over on Highway 51 for a car tag violation when they began to flee.
The lawsuit says Brown was not the officer who stopped them, but heard the call and got into the car chase even when the dispatcher called on the officers to drop the chase for safety reasons. .
The car the men were in overturned, killing them both. Our camera captured what the mangled car looked like afterwards.
Although the chase is over, the lawsuit indicates that Officer Brown attempted a tactical intervention of the vehicle without regard to the number of passengers in the vehicle. The City of Hernando and Police Chief Scott Worsham determined that Brown acted in accordance with the use of force against men policy.
“And in the back of the car, he hit the car. You could see it. The proof is there and when he hit the car he sent it over the bank. I think he should quit the police because he hurts others. It doesn’t help, it hurts,” Linda White said.
A lawsuit involving Brown even dates back to his time with the Horn Lake Police Department. WREG found another lawsuit from 2013 that says Brown used his dog K-9 to attack a suspect.
The lawsuit says Jacob Cooper, who was on the run from police for the first time, had essentially surrendered and was no longer a threat when Officer Brown ordered the K-9 Sunny to “bite him.”
While Cooper pleaded to “take the dog please”, the suit indicates that Brown allowed K-9 to attack for several minutes even after Cooper was handcuffed.
He says the K9 tore Cooper’s lower calf, ripping out flesh, muscle and tissue, prompting multiple surgeries and skin grafts.
The WREG tried to get Hernando police to talk about their policies and excessive force complaints. The Hernando Police Chief sent us a statement saying:
“As this incident is an ongoing legal matter, I cannot comment on the specifics of this case. However, we look forward to the day when we can tell our side of the story.
But those who say they were wronged by Hernando police are seeking justice in the courts.
“It’s not police policy to do these things he does,” White said.
This 2013 case involving the K-9 attack was appealed and later settled. The other two cases are still pending.
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