Civil rights lawsuit filed against City of Jasper in police brutality case

Attorneys with the Bernsen Law Firm Thursday morning filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Jasper woman who says she was brutally beaten by two Jasper police officers.

12News broke the story back in May that Surveillance video showed Keyarika Diggles being wrestled by two police officers.   Those officers, Ricky Grissom and Ryan Cunningham, have since been fired. But the attorneys told 12News it took city councilman Alton Scott to bring the beating to light.

The lawsuit names the City of Jasper, the two officers, former dispatcher Linsey Davenport, Mayor Mike Lout and Police Captain Gerald Hall.

Attorney Cade Bernsen said Diggles is still recovering from the incident.

"The emotional harm that she's experienced is ongoing. She's scared and they're isolated in a small town and she's fearful, said Bernsen.

12News spoke with Mayor Mike Lout Thursday morning.  He said it was the first time he had heard about the lawsuit. 

"I don't know about it. We'll answer the suit. We'll address this in the courtroom... And not the sidewalk,"   said Mayor Lout.



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