MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A Ranson, W.Va., man who was hospitalized from burns he received when police used a combination of pepper spray and a Taser to arrest him last year is seeking $40 million in damages in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
The complaint, filed Oct. 23 on behalf of Steven C. Scott by attorney Sherman Lambert, names West Virginia State Police and agency leader Col. David L. Lemmon; Berkeley County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Randy Smith; Ranson Police Department and Chief William Roper; City of Ranson; Berkeley County Commission; and 10 "Does," who Lambert indicated he would name later when their identities are known, as defendants.
Scott was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for the burns, which the attorney described as severe in his eight-page complaint. The complaint claims that excessive force, assault, battery and negligence were used in the arrest, and seeks exemplary damages to "defer future misconduct."