FDAR attorneys, Daniel Downey and Angelica Jarmusz, secured a defense verdict in federal court in the United States Southern District of Ohio following a three-day jury trial. The jury found that the Licking County Sheriff’s deputies represented by FDAR did not violate the Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.

The case stemmed from events that took place on April 15, 2016, when deputies from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a possible overdose. After the individual was cleared, the deputies left the scene. About five minutes later, the deputies were dispatched back to the residence to respond to a domestic situation regarding an individual who was acting disorderly.

Upon arrival, deputies investigated the scene and spoke with the individual who became belligerent and began cursing at the officers. While deputies were assessing the situation, the deputies determined that the individual was disorderly, intoxicated, damaging property, and possibly holding people against their will. Deputies engaged the individual in order to effectuate an arrest and the individual ignored their lawful commands and was physically resisting officers. The individual was then taken to the ground and placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

After a three-day jury trial, the deputies prevailed on each claim brought against them, including excessive force and battery.

The attorneys at Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff, LLP routinely defend law enforcement agencies and their employees in federal court. If you have any questions about this case or any other matter, please contact Daniel Downey (ddowney@fisheldowney.com) or Angelica Jarmusz (ajarmusz@fisheldowney.com) by email or phone at 614-221-1216.