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Slippery Rock man claims he was beaten by police

May 24, 2018 News Extra

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Sitting along side a photo of his injuries after a brutal arrest in April, Slippery Rock resident, Perry Lawry, left, and his Al Lindsey, right, announced he is filing a civil complain in federal court against the city of New Castle and the two police officers you were involved in his brutal arrest in April. The announcement was made at a press conference on May 24, 2018.

A Slippery Rock resident whose brutal arrest in April by a New Castle police officer was captured on video and went viral online has filed a civil complaint in federal court against the city of New Castle and the two officers involved.

Perry Lawry, 49, filed the complaint Thursday morning, according to his Butler-based attorney, Al Lindsay.

A copy of the complaint, provided by Linsday, names New Castle Police Patrolman Ronald Williams and Patrolman Peter Mendincino as defendants. In the court filing, Lawry alleges that Williams and Mendincino violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights on April 23, when they were dispatched to an apartment on East Washington Street in New Castle for a disturbance.

The complaint also accuses Williams and Mendincino of conspiracy, false arrest and imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The document also accuses Williams of assault and battery, after he allegedly slammed Lawry's head into the ground several times during a domestic disturbance call.

In arresting documents filed in Lawrence County, Williams says he arrived at the apartment to find Mendincino wrestling with Lawry, who was allegedly trying to crawl toward a counter with two knives laying on it.

Williams, in court documents, says he stunned Lawry three times with a Taser, to no effect, at which point he grabbed Lawry by the shoulders and “gave him three thrusts shoving his chest and head into the floor until he stop (sic) resisting ...”

A portion of the incident was captured on a cell phone video by a juvenile resident of the apartment and subsequently went viral after being posted online. It appears to show Williams slamming Lawry face-first into the floor several times, after which Lawry, who police say was “very intoxicated,” stops moving.

The video's posting resulted in Williams, a 10-year veteran of the department, being placed on leave and the department conducting an internal investigation. Williams was fired earlier this month and the department turned the case over to the Lawrence County District Attorney's Office.

In the court filing Thursday, Lawry demands a jury trial, and claims that he suffered “physical and emotional injuries, and other damages and losses entitling him to compensatory and special damages.”

A full story will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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Phillip Rau

Phillip Rau

Phillip Rau graduated from Allegheny College in 2006 with a degree in English and Political Science, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. He served as the editor of literary journals at Allegheny and Pitt. He worked as a reporter and news editor in Greenville, Pa., from 2008 to June of 2015, when he joined The Butler Eagle as an editorial writer and staff writer. In 2017 Phillip became the City Editor for the Butler Eagle.