PHOENIX — Supporters of a young Black man who claims he was hit with rubber bullets and wrestled to the ground by four white Phoenix police officers in a case of mistaken identity want any and all video footage of the January incident released.
Lawyers for 19-year-old Dion Humphrey filed a notice of claim in June for a likely lawsuit that will seek $11.5 million in damages.
Friends and supporters of Humphrey gathered Wednesday outside Phoenix Police headquarters to d demand the department immediately release any video footage showing the Jan. 10 incident.
There was no immediate response from police officials.
According to the claim, Humphrey said he was hit with the rubber bullets in his chest near his heart and in his groin after he dropped his sisters off at their school and was mistaken for a half-brother wanted by authorities.
He was hospitalized for more than 20 days and will need heart surgery, according to the claim which accuses the police officers of excessive use of force, intentional infliction of emotional distress and gross negligence.
Humphrey has sickle cell anemia and asthma and the claim alleges he was held for at least four hours without receiving any medical care after the incident.