WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Attorneys for a man whose arrest was captured on video has filed a civil rights lawsuit against a police officer. Security video shows 44-year-old Dwayne Brown giving money to a cashier at 3 C’s Food Market on Sept. 21.
Shortly after, the lawsuit says Wilmington police patrolman Samuel Waters walked, grabbed Brown by the arm and then pushed him against the cashier’s barrier before banging his head against it.READ MORE: How The New COVID-19 Variant Impacts Your Travel Plans
The lawsuit accuses Waters, who is white, of using excessive force and the N-word.
Brown’s attorney says it was a traumatizing experience for her client.READ MORE: What We Know And Don't Know About The Omicron Variant
“The officer approaches him and then just begins to beat him,” the attorney said. “I mean, as we allege in the complaint it is clearly excessive force. He was afraid he was going to be murdered. He was afraid of dying.”
Wilmington police said Brown had been yelling at staff at a day care center that day and was charged with harassment and additional charges.
Waters is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.MORE NEWS: Shopping Online This Holiday Season? Why You Need To Protect Yourself
The City of Wilmington says it cannot comment on pending legal matters but an investigation of the incident is ongoing.