Attorneys for Man Beaten by Police Seek Federal Investigation Citing Severe Injuries

by Ryan Lee
Federal Investigation

Lawyers representing a man apprehended for drug-related suspicions, who endured multiple punches, elbows, and knee strikes from law enforcement officers in Northeast Florida during a vehicular stop, announced on Tuesday their intent to request an inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice into the incident.

Le’Keian Woods is now contending with a lacerated kidney, frequent vomiting upon eating, and migraine headaches subsequent to last Friday’s altercation, his legal team disclosed during a press briefing at the headquarters of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Post-arrest photographs depict Woods with eyes swollen shut, along with bruises and lacerations on his face.

“His condition is one of acute agony,” said Attorney Marwan Porter. “His suffering is palpable.”

Porter compared the conduct of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office personnel to a form of assault akin to an Ultimate Fighting Championship “ground and pound” executed by trained professionals.

Sheriff T.K. Waters defended his officers on Monday, asserting their actions were warranted due to Woods’ apparent resistance to arrest after being immobilized by a stun gun and subsequently restrained. Waters and Assistant Chief Mike Shell noted during a press briefing that Woods had a prior accusation of murder, was under probation for an armed robbery charge, and had links to both firearms and drug trafficking.

In response, Woods’ lawyers argued that their client’s criminal history has no bearing on the events of last Friday. “The prevailing culture in Jacksonville, in Duval County, is not an isolated issue of a single officer. Rather, it’s akin to a ‘bad apple orchard,'” stated Attorney Harry Daniels.

Body cam footage reveals Jacksonville officers intercepting a Dodge Ram pickup truck in an apartment complex parking lot. Shell stated that this interception followed a drug transaction Woods had recently completed. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers found cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and a firearm.

The footage further displays Woods exiting the passenger seat and running into an apartment complex. Daniels contended that his client was within his rights to leave the scene, given there was no probable cause of a committed crime and that the vehicle was stopped for a seatbelt violation.

In the video, officers use a Taser stun gun on Woods after he fails to comply with demands to lie on the ground. Subsequent to this, officers are seen engaging in physical altercation with Woods, claiming fears that he was attempting to access a weapon.

Arrest documents released on Monday indicate that Woods was struck repeatedly in the head and ribcage, and elbowed in the face by officers. After approximately two minutes, Woods was handcuffed. Additional footage shows officers slamming Woods to the ground again, accusing him of further resistance.

Woods is currently under probation, having entered a plea of no contest to a 2017 robbery in Tallahassee, Florida. Public records also indicate that in 2019, Officer Garriga was involved in a fatal shooting over a seatbelt violation. The shooting was deemed justified by prosecutors, and a subsequent lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount. Harry Daniels served as the attorney for the deceased man’s family.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Federal Investigation

What injuries did Le’Keian Woods sustain during the police altercation?

Le’Keian Woods suffered a ruptured kidney, frequent vomiting upon eating, and migraine headaches following the incident. Photographs taken after his arrest showed his eyes swollen shut, along with bruises and lacerations on his face.

Who is representing Le’Keian Woods and what actions are they taking?

Le’Keian Woods is being represented by Attorneys Marwan Porter and Harry Daniels. They announced their intention to petition the U.S. Department of Justice for an inquiry into the incident involving their client and the Jacksonville police.

What justification did the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office give for their actions?

Sheriff T.K. Waters stated that the officers’ actions were warranted as Woods appeared to resist arrest. He also mentioned that Woods had a prior criminal record, including accusations of murder and armed robbery, as well as connections to firearms and drug trafficking.

What does the body cam footage show?

The body cam footage shows officers stopping a Dodge Ram pickup truck in which Woods was a passenger. It reveals that Woods fled from the vehicle and was subsequently chased, tasered, and physically subdued by officers. Cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and a firearm were found in the vehicle.

What stance have Woods’ attorneys taken on the relevance of his past criminal history?

Woods’ attorneys have stated that their client’s past criminal history is irrelevant to the incident that occurred. They argue that Woods had the right to walk away from the scene because there was no probable cause for a committed crime.

What previous incidents involve officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office?

Public records indicate that in 2019, Officer Josue Garriga, who was also involved in Woods’ arrest, was part of a fatal shooting over an unbuckled seatbelt. Prosecutors found the shooting justified, and a lawsuit filed by the deceased man’s family was later settled for an undisclosed amount.

More about Federal Investigation

  • U.S. Department of Justice Investigation Procedures
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Official Statements
  • Laws on Police Use of Force in Florida
  • Prior Incidents involving Jacksonville Police Officers
  • Legal Aspects of Probable Cause in Traffic Stops

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Sarah_W October 4, 2023 - 5:56 am

Honestly, this is heartbreaking. How many times do we have to see this before something changes? The system is flawed.

LegalEagle October 4, 2023 - 6:39 am

If there was no probable cause, then why was Woods stopped in the 1st place? His lawyers got a point.

MikeJohnson October 4, 2023 - 11:25 am

Wow, this is insane. Cant believe what police get away with sometimes. Federal probe is def needed here.

RealistJane October 4, 2023 - 2:02 pm

We should also consider what the police are saying, but right now, it doesn’t look good for them. Gotta wait for the full investigation tho.

ConcernedCitizen October 4, 2023 - 3:34 pm

We need more accountability for this kinda stuff. Otherwise it’s never gonna stop.

TinaS October 4, 2023 - 10:03 pm

oh my god, a ruptured kidney? That’s way over the line, even if he did resist arrest.


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