Edmond man files federal suit against four police officers

By Diana Baldwin Published: August 19, 2008
EDMOND — A man arrested in November on resisting an officer filed a federal lawsuit against four Edmond police officers and the city.

Gary Paul Mayfield II, 24, Edmond, claims the officers beat him when he was arrested in the 1000 block of Crown Drive.

Named in the lawsuit are officers Jason Kushmaul, Michael King, Edward Wooley and Paul Lakin. The officers remain on the job in good standing, said Police Chief Bob Ricks.

Tony Gould, Mayfield's attorney, said, "I think this is a classic case of police brutality. The investigation is still under way.”

Mayfield said in the lawsuit that he was not intoxicated or under the influence of drugs when he was sitting in his vehicle with a friend and they were confronted by the officers.

He was sober, nondisruptive and conducting himself in a lawful manner, the lawsuit states.

Mayfield said Kushmaul slammed his face against the vehicle with the intent to cause bodily injury, severely lacerating and breaking his nose.

After being forced to the ground, Mayfield said the officers, having a combined weight of nearly 1,000 pounds, climbed on top of him, court documents show.

Gary Paul Mayfield

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