07 Aug Two men accuse Raleigh cops of racial bias, excessive force – INDEPENDENT WEEKLY
The Independent Weekly featured our recently filed excessive force action – Horton v. City of Raleigh – against the Raleigh Police Department on the front page of their Wake County edition
Article by John Tucker
It had been several minutes since Omeze Nwankwo was locked inside a Raleigh police van. Zip-ties dug into his wrists behind his back, drawing blood.
“Officer, I cannot feel my hands!” he yelled, addressing the cops in the front seat. “I’m worried about my life. Officer, please!”
Nwankwo’s friend, Isaac Horton, was also inside the wagon. Though his hands were cuffed, he’d managed to grab his cell phone from his back pocket. He activated its audio-recording app.
“We’re sitting here on a side street,” Horton whispered, beginning his narration of the late-night incident last July.
“I’m begging you, officer!” Nwankwo wailed. “I cannot feel my hands!”
“My rights have not been read to me,” muttered Horton, his voice overlapping with Nwankwo’s moans.
“Officer, please! I can’t feel my hands! Officer!”
“It’s 2:34 a.m.”
“I literally can’t move any of my fingers!”