Report shows Kansas officer denied Black man was run over

The Associated Press - December 19, 2020 11:35 am

This March 2020 photo provided by Lionel Womack shows Womack at home in Kansas City, Kan. Womack alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, that he sustained serious injuries to his back, pelvis, and thigh, as well as to his right knee, ankle, and foot after Kiowa County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Rodriguez drove over him during an Aug.15 2020, encounter. The incident — which was recorded on the dashcam of a Pratt County deputy who assisted in the chase — shows the Kiowa County deputy using his patrol truck to catch up to Womack, who was on foot after he fled during a traffic stop. (Lionel Womack via AP)

KIOWA COUNTY (AP) — An attorney representing a Black man who was run over by a sheriff’s patrol truck as he ran across a field says that law enforcement authorities have engaged in a cover-up that began as soon as emergency medical personnel arrived.

Lionel Womack alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday that Kiowa County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Rodriguez intentionally drove over him during the August 15th incident that was captured on dashcam video. His attorney on Friday released a copy of the report from emergency medical responders which show that the undersheriff at the time denied to a paramedic that Womack had been run over.


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