Anne Arundel County attorneys have asked a U.S. district court to dismiss an excessive force lawsuit brought by a young Black man who said an officer kneeled on his neck after a traffic stop in 2019. Rita Rich has more details. The Maryland Daily Record reports that the county filed a series of motions last week in U.S. District Court in Maryland, where the case was transferred from Anne Arundel County Circuit Court last month.
The lawsuit brought by Daniel Jarrells alleges that an Anne Arundel County police officer kneeled on Jarrells’ neck, slammed his knee into Jarrells’ body, and pushed Jarrells’ face into the ground during an arrest on Feb. 14, 2019.
The complaint seeks a judgment in excess of $75,000 and court orders that would prohibit the county from allowing police to use knee strikes to the neck, force that could block an air passage, or lethal force on handcuffed people.
Jarrells initially filed the lawsuit in July 2020, at a time when there were demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by Minneapolis police.