Man Left Disfigured After Being Assaulted by Grand Prairie Texas Police Officers

Rashaun A. Barnes, 39, was standing on the sidewalk in front of a corner store in Grand Prairie, Texas, on the afternoon of July 31, when he was allegedly assaulted and left permanently disfigured by a police officer.

According to Barnes, even though the officer allegedly detained him without cause, he still complied by sitting down for approximately a half-hour in the sweltering Texas heat. At that point, with no reason given the stop; Barnes began to walk away.

That is when Barnes claims the officer followed him and tasered him, rendering him unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he was in the back of an ambulance with severe scarring across his face and left and right arms. Police did not accompany him to the hospital and he was never charged with any crime.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old boy shot and killed by Balch Springs, Texas, Police Officer Roy Oliver in April, is also representing Barnes, who recounts his assault to Merritt in the video below:

Merritt maintains, police officers violated policy by not filing an incident report.

Merritt is calling for a full investigation.

“This is a clear case of racial profiling and excessive force,” Merritt said. “The officer responsible must be immediately suspended and appropriately prosecuted. A full investigation into the incident must be conducted to determine what role other officers may have played in a cover up and/or violating departmental procedures concerning reporting the incident.”

See images of Barnes’ injuries below.

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Merritt is also publicly calling out President Donald Trump for his role in inciting state violence in his June 28, 2017 speech to law enforcement on Long Island, New York. Though the speech was largely focused on organized crime syndicate Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13, Trump made it clear that his Wild, Wild West approach to crime-fighting should be applied all across the United States.

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