City sued over 2015 assault by guard of handcuffed mentally ill man at Houston lockup

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Published 4:44 pm, Monday, April 24, 2017


A handcuffed mentally ill man whose pummeling by a City of Houston jailer was caught on video in 2015 has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking damages for conduct by the guard who repeatedly struck him and other officers who did nothing to stop the assault.

Akrem Azzam claims the guards violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

The city police jailer, Lasswon Shannon, pleaded guilty to assaulting Azzam and was sentenced to probation and fines through deferred adjudication, which means he does not have a felony conviction on his record.

Azzam, 24, was jailed in May 2015 for threatening a person with a gun. A surveillance video shows Shannon hitting Azzam in the head, face and body and throwing him to the concrete floor.

Azzam’s attorney, Randall L. Kallinen, cites in the lawsuit a pattern of abuse by Houston jailers dating to 2008 that is documented in internal surveillance footage.

“There have been many instances of obvious excessive force at the Houston jails which have been investigated by the City of Houston Police Internal Affairs Department… and there has been no discipline or retraining,” Kallinen wrote. “The City does not train or discipline officers to properly recognize symptoms of illness such that individual are not arrested for public intoxication.”

He also cited 250 incidents over a 13-year-period in which Houston police harmed or killed people during an altercation without any disciplinary action or finding of misconduct by internal affairs division.

City officials were not immediately available for comment on the lawsuit.


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