|Published:||Sep 23, 2010 11:39 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 23, 2010 8:20 PM EDT|
ARCADIA, Fla. - A former Arcadia police officer accused of lying on police affidavits is under the microscope again. This time his name is at the center of allegations of police brutality.
A mugshot shows James South just after he was arrested on September 11, 2006.
South says Arcadia police pulled him over for a broken tag light and told him he was under arrest.
"I thought at first they were joking. And i didn't recognize the cop at all. Because I know a lot of the cops and I thought maybe he's just pulling my chain," South told CALL FOR ACTION.
South says the officer wasn't joking and pulled him out of the car.
South filed a lawsuit in Desoto County court. It says that officer was Deighton Bolt - a officer CALL FOR ACTION first told you about last year. Bolt admitted during a deposition he had repeatedly lied on police reports. Now he and two other officers are facing allegations of police brutality.
"I remember being maced a few times punched in the face. Repeatedly," said South.
South was on the phone with his father, Tom South. "The next thing I hear is slamming and hitting and my son screaming someone is trying to kill him. It freaked me out," said the elder South, "His face was all swelled up. His eyes were almost completely closed. When I looked through the police car where he was out. It looked like he was knocked out."
James South described his injuries, "I had a concussion. Like I said I didn't get the mace and the contacts out. It was like six months before I could wear contacts again."
Now the Souths have filed a personal injury lawsuit against Bolt and two other members of the Arcadia Police Department.
James says he's still paying physically and mentally from the incident.
"I still barely want to go anywhere and drive anywhere. It's embarrassing. It's just traumatic. Being through it you never know. They threaten to take away your livelihood if you don't do what they want."
We repeatedly called the Arcadia Police Department for comment. Marshal Lee did not return our calls.
We do know Deighton Bolt is no longer employed with the Arcadia Police Department. He resigned his position.