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Fairbanks v French

Fairbanks v French

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RTAVELLFAIRBANKSVS.TRAVISFRENCHandDANAHETER,INDIVIDUALLYPLAINTIFF'SFIRSTAMENDEDPETITIONTOTHEHONORABLEJUDGEOFSAIDCOURT:COMESNOW,PLAINTIFF,LAVELLFAIRBANKS,complainingofDEFENDANT,TRAVISFRENCH,andwouldshowthisHonorableCourtasfollows:DISCOVERY1.ThiscaseshouldbegovernedunderaLevelIIIDiscoveryControlPlanpursuanttoT.R.C.P.190.4.PARTIES2.Plaintiff,LavellFairbanks,isanadultindividualwhoresidesinDallasCounty,Texas.Defendant,TravisFrench,iscurrentlybeforetheCourtforallpurposes,andacopyofPlaintiff'sFirstAmendedPetitionwillbeservedonhisattorneysofrecord,JamesButtandJasonSchuette,DallasCityAttorney'sOffice,1500Marilla,Dallas,DallasCounty,Texas.VENUE3.VenueisproperinthisCourtbecauseLavellFairbanksandOfficerFrenchareresidentsofDallasCountyandbecauseasubstantialpartoftheactsoromissionsgivingrisetoFairbanks'claimsoccurredinDallasCounty.PLAINTIFF'SFIRSTAMENDEDPETITION-PAGE1
 
BACKGROUND
4.OntheeveningofOctober12,2008,PlaintiffhadanargumentwithhisgirlfriendattheirapartmentinfarnortheastDallas.Becauseofthedispute,PlaintiffcalledtheDallasPoliceDepartmentandDefendant,OfficerFrenchandhispartner,weredispatchedtotheapartmentatapproximately5:30p.m.Whentheofficersarrived,Plaintiffwasaskedtostepoutsideoftheapartment.Plaintiffhadconsumedseveralbeersandwassuspiciousthathewasbeingluredoutsideinordertobearrestedforpublicintoxicationandfearfulthathewouldbeassaulted.Plaintiffsteppedoutside,butthenfledthepremises.5.Plaintiffwentdownthestairsandrantowardtheparkinglot.Ashepassedthepolicevehicle,hestoppedrunninginanefforttosurrendertotheofficer.Atthattime,hewasstruckontheheadwithaflashlightbyDefendantOfficerFrench.Theblow(s)totheheadrenderedPlaintiffunconscious.DefendantcontinuedtostrikePlaintiffwiththeflashlightasPlaintifffelltotheground.6.WhenanambulancefromDallasFireandRescuearrivedatthescene,Plaintiffwaslayingmotionlessonthegroundinhandcuffs,andwasnotresponsivetoverbalcommunications.ThemedicalpersonnelspokewiththeofficerandconductedacursoryexaminationofPlaintiff,butdidnottransporthimintheambulance.DefendantloadedPlaintiffintothepolicevehicleandtookhimtotheDallasCountyJail.Severalhourslater,ajailerfoundPlaintiffcomatoseinhiscell.HewasthentransportedtoParklandMemorialHospitalatapproximately12:30a.m.7.UponarrivalatParkland,themedicalstaffidentifiedaskullfracture,alargeintra-cranialbleed(epiduralhematoma),andmultiplebifrontotemporalcontusions.Plaintiffunderwentanemergencysurgery(craniotomy)torelievethemountingintra-cranialpressure.WhenPlaintiff'sconditionfailedtoimprove,heunderwentasecondsurgery(craniectomy)inwhichaportionofhis
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skullwasremovedinefforttoreducethenegativeeffectsoffurtherpressure/swellingonPlaintiff'sbrain.8.AsaresultoftheexcessiveforceusedbyDefendant,Plaintiffhassufferedandcontinuestosufferfromthelastingeffectsofhisinjuries,includingencephalomalacia,orbraindamage.Hehasundergonerehabilitativetherapyandcontinuestosufferfrommultiplephysical,cognitive,andemotionalsideeffectsasaresultofthetrauma.Plaintiff'sappearanceispermanentlyalteredbyaconcavedeformityontheleftsideofhishead.Hesuffersfrompersistentheadaches,sleepapnea,symptomsofPostTraumaticStressDisorderanddepression,memoryloss,andinsecurityabouthisappearanceandalteredmentalandemotionalstate.Plaintiffthusseekstorecoverfortheseandotheractualdamages.EXCESSIVEFORCE-ASSAULTANDBATTERY9.PlaintiffwouldshowthatDefendantemployedanunnecessaryandunreasonablyexcessiveamountofforceineffectingthearrest.AlthoughPlaintiffinitiallyfledfromtheofficer,runningapproximatelyI00feet,hehadsubsequentlyceasedrunningandwassurrenderingtotheofficerwhenhewasstruckwiththeflashlight.DefendantunnecessarilyandrepeatedlystruckPlaintiffatatimewhenPlaintiffposednothreatofharmtohimself,Defendant,orothers.Plaintiffwasunarmed;andwasnotsuspectedofhavingcommittedacrimepriortoDefendant'sarrivaLInessence,DefendanthadnolegitimatereasontoconsiderPlaintifftobedangerous.PlaintiffwasnotresistingarrestwhenDefendantbegantostrikehim,oratanytimethereafter.AlthoughDefendantinitiallyclaimedthatPlaintiff,at5'7and130lbs.,hadsomehowattacked
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(apparentlywhilestillintheactoffleeing),theresistingchargesagainstPlaintiffwerelaterdismissed.PLAINTIFF'SFIRSTAMENDEDPETITION-PAGE3

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