Lawyer: Ferguson Shooting Suspect Beaten In Custody
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That’s how police are responding to allegations that they beat the man arrested for shooting two police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.
Jeffrey Williams, 20, has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, a count of firing a weapon from a vehicle and three counts of armed criminal activity.
Police have said he admitted to firing the shots that struck the officers. But Williams’ lawyer says he has little confidence in such statements.
“He’s scared. You know, this has been pretty traumatic for him,” attorney Jerryl Christmas said about his client on Monday.
“One thing that is clear is that he has a large amount of bruising on his body that I noticed that I’m very concerned about. It appears that whatever statements he made, he was without the advice of counsel, and when I look at the bruising, it’s hard for me assess if these were voluntary statements that he made.”
Christmas told CNN that Williams has bruising across his back, and a knot on his head.
“He said he was bruised by the police when he was taken into custody. And he was in a lot of pain when he was being questioned,” Christmas said. “They used a lot of force on him.”