Police Abuse

Alabama Cops Staged Jailhouse Suicide, Lawsuit Alleges

A man and his girlfriend were picked up for public drunkenness and the man was dead the next morning

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The father of a twenty-six year old who police two years ago said committed suicide in a jail cell in Mt. Vernon, Alabama after being picked up with his girlfriend for public drunkenness is suing the city and the police department, alleging that police staged the suicide after beating his son. In court documents filed this week in U.S. District Court, Framon Weaver Sr. claims that his son's girlfriend, Monica Griffin who was also picked up by police, observed Framon Weaver Jr unconscious and covered in blood surrounded by police officers in the jail's parking lot. The lawsuit claims Griffin wasn't "booked in" and was left unattended until she entered the parking lot. According to the lawsuit, police only then locked her into a cell. Weaver believes his son was already dead when Griffin saw him in the parking lot, and points to findings in the autopsy such as no internal neck injuries and multiple abrasions on the forehead as evidence not consistent with a suicide. The lawsuit also says the autopsy listed "hanging" as the cause of death and "suicide" as the manner, without a specific cause such as asphyxiation.

The lawsuit alleges police tased the hand-cuffed Weaver and once he died hanged his dead body in a jail cell and staged a "discovery" of the body more than 14 hours later. The lawsuit charges the city and police with a violation of Weaver's rights, including punishment without due process, as well as negligence and wrongful death resulting from the excessive use of police force. The father is demanding a jury trial.

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  1. You’d have to have the most corrupt/idiotic coroner in the universe to do an autopsy on someone beaten to death and hung up for 14 hours, and conclude that death was due to asphyxiation.

    If this is indeed what happened, the coroner’s head needs to roll too.

    1. When the dozen thugs who murdered the person you’re examining are breathing down your neck, you’ll probably write whatever they tell you to write.

      Who will stop them from doing the same thing to you? The cops?

  2. RTFA…the coroner’s listed “hanging” as the cause of the death without referencing a medical cause of death, i.e. snapped neck or asphyxiation.

    1. I wonder if the coroner actually wrote up a report or whether it was just completely forged. Because “hanging” is in no way an autopsy term.

      1. “Hanging” = the reporter’s quote from the complaint, which is the lawyer’s rewording of the coroner’s language, which might have mentioned a ligature. Was coroner from Steven Hayne school of forensic pathology?

        Maybe the victim resisted arrest and got an arguably deserved but still illegal beating, and someone got a little too enthusiastic with his taser, truncheon or choke hold. What were they supposed to do, own up to it?

      2. “Hanging” = the reporter’s quote from the complaint, which is the lawyer’s rewording of the coroner’s language, which might have mentioned a ligature. Was coroner from Steven Hayne school of forensic pathology?

        Maybe the victim resisted arrest and got an arguably deserved but still illegal beating, and someone got a little too enthusiastic with his taser, truncheon or choke hold. What were they supposed to do, own up to it?

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