Singer Trey Songz says he is thinking of filing a personal injury lawsuit against Springfield police officers because of his recent arrest at a club in Massachusetts.
The R & B singer was arrested on November 3 after his concert at the Hippodrome. Following his performance, a shooting took place outside the club’s parking lot. Songz was not involved in the shooting but he was arrested with two other members of his entourage.
Songz says police closed down the parking lot and prevented him and his entourage from leaving after gunshots were fired. He says police insisted on searching all of them and that they used excessive force to bring down his bodyguard. He claims that seven police officers assaulted his bodyguard and struck him with a nightstick, leaving bruises on his face and causing his arm to fall “out of place.”
Songz also claims that the police officers made crude and racists jokes and comments that they directed at Songz and his entourage. He says four police officers tackled him and assaulted him by kneeing his throat and kicking him in the ribs.
Springfield police deny the accusations and say that the officers acted appropriately and were responding to the verbally and physically abusive actions of Songz and his entourage.
Even though law enforcement officers are supposed to serve and protect people, there are police officers who abuse their position of authority and power and engage in unjustified shootings, deadly chokings, severe beatings, verbal abuse, sexual assault, and other unnecessary and illegal violent behavior, including making false arrests, unnecessary use of a TASER gun or nightstick, fabricating/planting evidence, speeding in a police cruiser unnecessarily while chasing a suspect, and illegal killings.
Boston, Massachusetts is one of a number of U.S. cities where the Human Rights Watch has documented incidents of police misconduct. There are thousands of cases of police brutality that occur-many of these cases go unreported.
Police Brutality, HRW.org
Trey Songz Responds To Arrest, Contemplates Lawsuit, Soundslam.com, November 9, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Trey Songz to Cops: Don’t You Know Who I Am?, TMZ, November 5, 2007
If you or someone you love was injured (or killed) in Massachusetts because a police was involved in a high speed car chase or because a police officer dealt with you in a manner that was excessively and unnecessarily violent-whether verbally, emotionally, mentally, or physically, you should speak with an experienced Massachusetts personal injury lawyer who is experienced in dealing with cases involving police brutality.