Assault Against a Resident at His Home
In many ways, Nick Buckhalter lived the American dream. A man now in his 60s, he settled in Houston County, Georgia and lived a life worth living. Things changed quite dramatically over the last year due to a clear case of police brutality. A lawsuit filed in October chronicles a number of incidents in which Buckhalter was assaulted and humiliated by local police. Buckhalter sued the City of Vacaville over his egregious treatment. The case now heads to federal court over the violation of his basic human rights and a permanent shoulder injury.
Dream Turned Nightmare
The nightmare started in September of 2016. Buckhalter decided to take his vintage car out for a spin and instead found himself accosted by an off duty police officer. His car hadn’t moved at all but had a slight tire screech as he prepared to leave his garage.
The officer heard the noise and headed over the Buckhalter’s place of residence. In his own words, “I was tackled to the ground without warning.” He was assaulted by one uniformed and one plainclothes officer. At the time, Buckhalter was sitting on the ground, as instructed by police. The VPD cuffed the victim despite him having an artificial shoulder and informing the officers that it could not be hyperextended. Regardless, the officers tightly applied the handcuffs and caused the arm to snap forward. During the altercation one party elbowed Buckhalter with all their weight.
The overall altercation left Buckhalter without the use of two of his fingers. The injuries were even worse. As he put it, “extreme pain in upper extremities, abrasions to face/extremities,” as well as a number of mounting medical bills and emotional trauma. For his trouble, the victim is seeking redress from the court and submitted a number of pieces of medical documentation.
The victim is claiming a number of his rights were violated. This includes his Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in his person against unreasonable seizure. Buckhalter also alleges the city violated a number of California laws and clear precedent. The attack has hallmarks of racial motivation. Mr. Buckhalter is also citing federal law and the 14th Amendment in his deposition. The 60 year old black homeowner was within his own property at the time.
Choosing the Finest Help
Buckhalter didn’t leave the case to chance. He understood that letting it go or calling someone out of a phone book was simply not acceptable. Instead, he called the attorneys with some of the best track records in the whole state of California. In hiring the team of Darryl Yorkey, Alan Beck, and Catherine Beekman, he enlisted a powerful force. Beck is a Marine Corps veteran well known for his advocacy for victims of abuse and key part of the Ehline Law Firm APLC. He also specializes protecting Constitutional rights from government and police overreach.
This case is likely going to be a very interesting one over the next several months. The team of Beck and company leaves nothing to chance. In fact, such a case forms a powerful legal precedent. Mr. Buckhalter deserves justice. He chose the right team to provide it.
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