Is a Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy using too much force during minor arrests?
That is the issue at the core of a Braselton businessman’s lawsuit against Hall County, its sheriff and K-9 handler Deputy Kevin Snyder.
Braselton real estate developer Hanif “Sonny” Roshan claims in his Hall County lawsuit that he was a victim of Snyder’s aggressive actions. He further claims that Sheriff Steve Cronic and Hall County condone the deputy’s actions as a law enforcement tactic.
And Roshan isn’t alone in his accusations against Deputy Snyder.
Court documents connected to Roshan’s case and others name 28 people whose arrests between May, 2007 and August, 2009 involved Deputy Snyder and his police dog. A number of those arrested suffered serious and disfiguring bites from the officer’s dog.
Furthermore, many of those arrested by Deputy Snyder were for misdemeanors, or their charges were later reduced in court to misdemeanors.
In some of the cases, prosecutors, defense and civil attorneys referenced evidence gaps that relate to the deputy’s violation of Hall County Sheriff’s Office policy, according to records obtained by MainStreet Newspapers. Among those gaps are missing audio tapes the officer was supposed to have recorded during the arrests.
Roshan is seeking in excess of $5 million dollars in damages for what his lawyer argues were violations of “(Roshan’s) most basic rights” during his arrest in 2009.
For the full story, see the Sept. 28 issue of The Jackson Herald.
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