The lawyer for Edward Henderson, a man beaten by Cleveland Police after a New Year's Day chase, has filed suit against 25 unnamed officers, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association and President Steve Loomis. [Read the entire lawsuit HERE]
The suit alleges that officers have not been forthcoming with information about the confrontation with Henderson. It also says that there is a "code of silence" that is pervasive in the ranks of the police.
The attorney, Daniel Chaplin, says he is unable to properly defend Henderson because he cannot get a clear picture of what happened when his client was arrested. Four officers were originally charged with felonies in the incident. Those charges have been dropped while a Federal Grand Jury examines the case.
Portions of the incident were captured on an infrared camera on the police helicopter. The tapes of that have not been released.
CPPA President Loomis calls the suit grandstanding.