Man sues sheriff’s office, deputies for alleged assault

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is suing Newaygo County and two members of the sheriff’s office, saying he was assaulted by a deputy and then wasn’t allowed proper treatment.

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by Bernard Stout names the county, Deputy Justin Visser and Lt. John Borgman as defendants.

It says that in May 2018, Stout got into an argument with another man at a motel about Stout’s girlfriend. Someone called police and Stout was ultimately confronted by Visser. Stout says Visser threw him to the ground and held him there with a knee behind his head, causing him to bleed from the head.

After being cuffed, Visser put Stout into his cruiser and headed toward the sheriff’s department. On the way, Stout claims, Visser pulled over, pulled him out of the car and onto the ground and stomped on his shoulder while he was still cuffed.

According to the lawsuit, Stouts was taken directly to the hospital after arriving at the jail because he was so seriously hurt. He was told to meet with a specialist, but says jail officers never took him and Borgman ignored him when he said he was in pain.

Eventually, a jail doctor confirmed Stout had four fractures. It was after that he was taken to the specialist and then in for surgery. In all, the lawsuit says he had four arm fractures, a shattered shoulder and head, neck and back injuries.

The lawsuit alleges that Visser used excessive force and assaulted Stout, that Borgman was deliberately indifferent to his medical needs, and that the county failed to properly train and supervise its officers.

The suit asks for a judge to award Stout $75,000 plus costs and damages.

When 24 Hour News 8 reached out to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office about the case, Sheriff Bob Mendham said his department cannot comment on pending lawsuits.

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