Ferguson Police Shooting Suspect Jeffrey Williams Back in Court Over Claim Police Used Excessive Force during Arrest

© AP Photo/Jeff Roberson About 100 pro-police demonstrators stand hold signs outside the Ferguson Police Department as the shadows of counter demonstrators are seen on the street Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo.
© AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
About 100 pro-police demonstrators stand hold signs outside the Ferguson Police Department as the shadows of counter demonstrators are seen on the street Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo.

A 20-year-old St. Louis County man accused of shooting two police officers in Ferguson returned to court Tuesday over a claim that county police used excessive force during his arrest. 

A circuit court judge agreed to defense lawyer Jerryl Christmas’ request to photograph Jeffrey L. Williams. Online court records indicate prosecutors took their own photos.

Christmas said Monday that police roughed up his client and described bruises on Williams’ back, shoulders and face and a knot on his head. Police spokesman Brian Schellman called the assertion “completely false.”

Christmas also suggested that police coerced a statement by Williams in which he reportedly admitted to the shooting but said he wasn’t targeting police. Schellman also rejected that assertion, noting the statement was videotaped.

Source: The AP

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