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Federal lawsuit alleges brutality by local deputy

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Whodathunkit

Canton, NC

#1 Aug 17, 2012
A local handyman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Pulaski County government because he claims he was roughed up by a sheriff’s deputy last August. Kevin McCoy’s attorney, Brandon J. Storm of Laurel County, filed the lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in London. Named in the lawsuit are Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Molen, Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood, Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock and Pulaski Fiscal Court. The lawsuit alleges that on Aug. 14, 2011, Molen rammed McCoy, who was operating a motorcycle on Ky. 70, with his cruiser. The lawsuit claims that a dispatch audio recording catches Molen saying he felt “enticed” by McCoy and that the plaintiff was “begging to be chased.” “Molen utilized excessive force and performed an unnecessary, totally improper and potentially life-threatening ‘pit maneuver’ on McCoy, who was on his motorcycle,” the lawsuit reads. The lawsuit alleges that after McCoy was knocked to the ground, “Molen proceeded to unjustifiably assault McCoy.” “After placing handcuffs on McCoy, with no resistance or provocation from McCoy, Molen continued to use excessive force while placing McCoy into the police cruiser, causing McCoy to suffer severe bodily injury,” the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit claims McCoy had to be taken to the hospital for treatment as he “was entirely too bloody and injured to be accepted by the Pulaski County Detention Center until he had been cleared by medical professionals.” The lawsuit states that McCoy “sustained blows to his head, face and jaw, as well as kicks to his ribs and side, all of which were inflicted by Molen.” It further states that Molen “cursed at McCoy and verbally degraded him.” The lawsuit also alleges that Wood, Bullock and fiscal court “were aware of Molen’s repeated use of excessive force as early as 2007 and they have individually and/or in a conspiracy with one another, participated or acquiesced in, contributed to, encouraged, implicitly authorized or approved the conduct ...” The lawsuit claims that “the use of excessive force was a substantial factor in causing McCoy to sustain both physical and emotional injury. Some of McCoy’s injuries include, but are not limited to: Hand, wrist and shoulder pain; rib and abdominal pain, contusions and swelling; facial pain, swelling, contusions and lacerations; and oral pain, swelling and lacerations.” McCoy is seeking a trial by jury and a monetary judgment. After the incident, McCoy was charged with reckless driving, menacing, fleeing or evading the police, driving on a DUI suspended license, no registration plates or receipt and failure to maintain insurance. Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield was out of the office yesterday and could not immediately be reached for comment. Claims made in a civil lawsuit merely reflect the plaintiff’s account of the incident and do not indicate the defendants’ guilt or innocence.
Westwood
#2 Aug 17, 2012
This really hacks me off.
Why do we only get to hear one side of the story? If that's the way it's going to be, none of it should be printed. The only hint we get to the other side of the story is this statement;
"McCoy was charged with reckless driving, menacing, fleeing or evading the police, driving on a DUI suspended license, no registration plates or receipt and failure to maintain insurance."
This gives me a good idea as to where the problem lies. I think at times our LE show too much restraint, such as the case about two weeks ago. Thank goodness the State Troopers were there.
hang em
#3 Aug 17, 2012
crooks and lawyers whats differnce
right you are westwood

Murray, KY

#4 Aug 17, 2012
i guess they didnt want us to read the rest of it mr westwood. if they wanted to be honest about this then they would have put a link on here toward the story in the paper like right here http://somerset-kentucky.com/local/x543534199...

imo mr westwood we need more people willing to tell the whole truth like you just did and a lot less of the ones who put these things up here to be one sided to mislead us all just so it makes somebody on our force look bad again. why didnt this person copy the rest of the story on here? well thats easy to see now huh.
L O FREAKING L
#5 Aug 17, 2012
LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.
HERES WHAT THIS DUDE IS CHARGED WITH AND HE WANTS TO CRY FOUL
RECKLESS DRIVING
MENACING
FLEEING OR EVADING
DRIVING ON A DUI
SUSPENDED LICENSE
NO REGISTRATION
NO PLATES
NO INSURANCE
WHY DIDNT OUR LOCAL RAG MENTION IF HE WAS WEARING A HELMET OR NOT HAHA!
I GUESS HE JUST WANTED TO GO FOR A LAID BACK CYCLE RIDE AND SCREW HAVING TO OBEY THE LAW LIKE THE REST OF US DO. ONLY IN KENTUCKY HAHA. THIS MIGHT MAKE THE WORLDS DUMBEST CRIMINALS CAUGHT ON TAPE. OR THE WORLDS DUMBEST ATTORNEYS TAKE ON A CASE.
law abiding citizen
#6 Aug 17, 2012
It doesn't matter if he broke the law or not. They are not allowed to use excessive force. If he wins the lawsuit maybe it will make a few of the officers realize that they are not able to do anything that they want. The officers have rules to follow and they should not be allowed to play GOD.
Westwood

London, KY

#7 Aug 17, 2012
O.K., here we go.
Congratulations, you're the first one to try to turn this into a cop bashing thread even without any data in this particular case.
Westwood

London, KY

#8 Aug 17, 2012
law abiding citizen wrote:
It doesn't matter if he broke the law or not. They are not allowed to use excessive force. If he wins the lawsuit maybe it will make a few of the officers realize that they are not able to do anything that they want. The officers have rules to follow and they should not be allowed to play GOD.
Are you willing to take this guy's word for it and assume the cop was playing God? Give me a break.
What do you think will happen if he loses the suit (and he probably will)?
Tough Love

Somerset, KY

#9 Aug 17, 2012
Westwood wrote:
This really hacks me off.
Why do we only get to hear one side of the story? If that's the way it's going to be, none of it should be printed.
Because it's a law suit that has just been filed. It wouldn't surprise me if his attorneys provide a public response in the near future.

You know, you people complain when the CJ doesn't print what is going on in the community in a timely manner and then complain when they do. You don't want a newspaper -- you want a tabloid rag that gossips about your neighbors.
Der Schreiber

Manchester, KY

#10 Aug 17, 2012
The court will decide if the complaint has Merit.
What I think

Somerset, KY

#11 Aug 17, 2012
This is not the first time this deputy has been accused of beating someone during an arrest. By the way whatever happened to the case of him beating a Mr Whitaker? Was Mr Whitaker paid off to drop the charges? It just went hush hush and nothing was ever mentioned about it again.
Westwood
#12 Aug 17, 2012
Tough Love wrote:
<quoted text>-- You don't want a newspaper -- you want a tabloid rag that gossips about your neighbors.
I want one that prints both sides, or neither.
yup
#13 Aug 17, 2012
$100,000 will get most cases dropped

one can never forget that most judges are former prosecutors
woopee

Barbourville, KY

#14 Aug 17, 2012
I'm lookin for a cop I have no license, no insurance, and I will run and fight!
Now I will foreget my beating for even less than 100,000 I'm cheap and beat and bruise all yopu want cause meth feels no pain!!!!!!!!!!
Tough Love

Somerset, KY

#15 Aug 17, 2012
Westwood wrote:
<quoted text>
I want one that prints both sides, or neither.
The role of a newspaper is to tell the people what is happening in a timely manner and not to comment on events that have not yet taken place -- in this case a statement from the accused or his legal representation. Anything else is just speculation, rumor and innuendo -- something that most of us don't like to see in the media. What if the accused's legal team decides not to provide a public statement -- should the CJ not report on this issue at all? I suspect most people would strongly disagree with you.
what a plan
#16 Aug 17, 2012
Break the law, run, fight the cops, and get paid!
fun and bucks this why I LUV KINTUCKIE backwoods idiots! and yes I betthis is true.
is this possible
#17 Aug 17, 2012
What I think wrote:
This is not the first time this deputy has been accused of beating someone during an arrest. By the way whatever happened to the case of him beating a Mr Whitaker? Was Mr Whitaker paid off to drop the charges? It just went hush hush and nothing was ever mentioned about it again.
NO! perhaps this is the ONLY dep.Sheriffs that works as he should and tackles the crooks? you tell me who arrest the thugs in your county!
MAMMON

United States

#18 Aug 17, 2012
I didn't see anything on there to justify doing a pit maneuver on a guy on a motorcycle. Except running from the police which might even be an excuse for the beating the guy got, everything else was just a ticket. Driving on a suspended license can get you arrested but most times its just a ticket and your bike towed. The guy wasn't drunk, didn't have narcotics on him and really didn't have a reason to run from what I read. Everyone knows how much trouble you can get into for trying to run from the cops so unless you have a lot to lose, like the guy on the front page the other day, you pull over and take your ticket.

Not to mention when you get arrested, the police always charge you with as many crimes as possible and the judge usually says we'll drop all the little charges if you plead guilty to the main one. Its all about the money. All Im saying is this guy didn't have a reason to risk running and all those charges wasn't worth a guy being so beat up and bloody that the detention center refused to take him and he had to go to the hospital. If the cop didn't have anything to hide he should of taken him to the hospital first instead of the jail. Just all seems a little fishy to me. That's my opinion on it all. If the guy was drunk or had drugs on him then maybe but sober just doesn't seem right
Westwood

London, KY

#19 Aug 17, 2012
MAMMON wrote:
I didn't see anything on there to justify doing a pit maneuver on a guy on a motorcycle. Except running from the police which might even be an excuse for the beating the guy got,
You're jumping to conclusions about the beating. If you're riding a mc and have a pit maneuver performed, chances are you're going to be bleeding and bruised. In this case, the officer gets the benefit of the doubt (at least mine).
MAMMON

United States

#20 Aug 17, 2012
Yeah but what did this guy do so bad to deserve a pit maneuver? When Moss was chasing Slater the other day that Slater guy ran for a long time, avoided spike strips and tried to run over an officer before Moss decided "at that point" he needed to use a pit maneuver. This guy hadn't done any of those things and wasn't carrying drugs, money and a couple loaded guns.

Not to mention the cop could of killed this guy on the bike very easily, a lot more so than doing it to someone in a car. What was so bad that this man did that the cop thought killing him was worth it? If this guy was hurt so bad from the wreck then why wasn't paramedics called to the accident? Why was he taken to jail and the jail say take him to the hospital?

Just doesn't make sense to me. The cop could of easily killed this guy with the pit maneuver. I can understand if he was running from a murder scene but just driving reckless? Not to mention this isn't the first time this officer has been accused of this.

Im interested in hearing the rest of the facts but I bet like most things this will be settled out of court. What if he died, would that have been worth it?

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