McKinney, according to court papers, was placed in a holding cell and was taunted by officers. They ignored her requests for medical aid and made her crawl from her cell to a holding room on her hands and knees, the attorney said Monday.
She suffered a broken toe, strained shoulder ligaments and various cuts and bruises, the attorney said.
“She's had a tough life,” Timmons said of McKinney, a single mother of three. “But they almost broke her that night.”
Attorneys for Whetsel denied the allegations, telling jurors “nothing happened” on the night in question.
McKinney, the attorneys said, was “obstinate,” “uncooperative” and “verbally combative,” and “right where she belonged” because she broke the law.
They accused McKinney of fabricating the incident and said they plan to attack her credibility.