Lawsuit: Deputies violated rights
Sheriff’s Department says confrontation took place
AMBOY – A Lee County man is suing the county for $200,000 over an encounter he believes violated his constitutional rights.
In his lawsuit, Wilson Burnell, 54, contends two Lee County sheriff’s deputies broke into his house in 2009, using pepper spray, deploying a Taser, and knocking him unconscious with a flashlight.
In its response to the lawsuit, the Sheriff’s Department says its deputies tried to restrain Burnell and used a Taser and aerosol irritant.
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