Man claiming police brutality pleads to battery
by JESSICA HATFIELD Staff Writer
A Delbarton man originally charged two counts of battery on a police officer and battery went before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome on Thursday.
Micah A. Baisden, pled guilty to one count of battery on an officer and obstructing an officer after he allegedly struck his neighbor and an officer on October 14, 2009.
According to the criminal complaint, (Micah) Baisden was having a verbal altercation with his Father, Terry Baisden, when officers arrived on scene.
Officers allowed (Micah) Baisden to stay with his neighbor (Clinton) Baisden, however he attempted to return to his Fathers residence when officers left the scene. The neighbor tried to stop (Micah) Baisden when he was struck with the metal bar. The defendant then tried once again to go to his Fathers residence when he was caught by police.
When police were escorting (Micah) Baisden to Delbarton City Hall for processing he struck Deputy B.A. Moore. Deputy C. G. Endicott released his K-9 unit to apprehend the defendant.
Since this incident Micah has made claims police used excessive force when arresting him.
In an interview with the Williamson Daily News, Baisden says Deputy Endicotts K-9 Unit was released first and when he tried to fight the dog off officers struck him with a MagLite flashlight. (Micah) Baisden stated that he was struck again with the flashlight at Delbarton City Hall. Baisden also made claims that officers threatened to arrest Clinton if he didnt file charges against his cousin.
Clinton denies claims that he was threatened by police and said he didnt witness any actions by officers he felt was police brutality.
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