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Second Officer in Walter Scott Video Sued over Alleged Attack on Handcuffed Man

Officer Clarence Habersham, right, stands over Walter Scott with Michael Slager. (Screengrab from eyewitness Feidin Santana's video)
Officer Clarence Habersham, right, stands over Walter Scott with Michael Slager. (Screengrab from eyewitness Feidin Santana’s video)

John Swaine, THE GUARDIAN

NEW YORK (The Guardian)—The second policeman in the video showing Walter Scott’s killing by officer Michael Slager is being sued by another black resident in South Carolina, who alleges police stomped on his face while he was handcuffed and lying on concrete.

Clarence Habersham is among five North Charleston police officers named in a federal lawsuit brought by Sheldon Williams, who claims he was left with broken bones in his face after being assaulted.

Williams, 47, alleges he suffered “severe pain for months after the attack” and that his face was left “so swollen that his left eye was barely visible”. He continues to endure “flashbacks and other post-traumatic stress symptoms”, he claims, and is seeking damages.

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