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Beckham files suit against city, chiefs, officers

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By Kellie Parkin

A Tasing incident that took place in Cedar Key on Dock Street last year has resulted in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. The lawsuit filed July 22 demands damages and a jury trial.

The suit alleges violations of civil rights, battery and false arrest.

In the 100-paragraph, 18-page document, Danny Beckham sues the City of Cedar Key, C.W. Castell as an individual and in his official capacity as former Cedar Key Police Chief, Virgil Sandlin in his official capacity as Cedar Key Police Chief, and Cedar Key Police officers Michael J. Cosseboom and John McMullen.

Beckham was arrested on April 28, 2008 for resisting arrest without violence-obstruction and resisting arrest with violence. Beckham was Tased three times during the arrest, according to the police report. A court document states that no commands were issued and Beckham was not told he was under arrest before he was grabbed and thrown to the street prior to being Tased in the back and neck.

An order dismissing Beckham’s charges was granted Feb. 26, stating “no probable cause existed to arrest the defendant,” according to court records.

The lawsuit requests “judgment for compensatory damages, punitive damages, costs of suit . . . reasonable attorneys’ fees, a jury trial and other such relief as the Court deems proper.”