A Washington man who bought a tent for a backyard campground was arrested for trespassing and charged with felony assault, but he said the police were justified in using force.
Terrance Crouch said he was camping on a private property near the Capitol when a police officer approached his tent with his firearm drawn and said he had a warrant for his arrest.
The officer told Crouch that if he wanted to go back to his tent, he would have to leave.
Crouch said it was unclear what he could have done in the situation, but that he knew that police are trained to protect themselves from intruders and that he should comply.
He said he asked the officer what was happening and that the officer told him that he was going to arrest him, according to court documents.
Cope said the officer did not say whether he wanted him arrested.
Crouch, who is not named in the lawsuit, said the officers actions caused him great pain and anxiety.
The suit alleges that the officers conduct violated Crouch’s constitutional rights.
The suit says the officers used excessive force and threatened Crouch with arrest when he refused to leave the area.
Crouch said in an interview that he does not know how many other people were injured by police in the incident.