2 Dothan Police Officers Accused of Brutality

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

Two Dothan Police officers went on trial Monday, charged with allegedly using excessive force on a woman.
The woman's attorney says her client suffers from a mental disorder.
The incident in question happened on August 15, 2006.
That's when 54-year old Pamela Borton, says Corporal Jeff Schulmerich tased her several times while she was physically restrained on a medical gurney.
She claims the alleged incident led to physical scars on her legs and injury to her face.
Dothan Police Corporal Jason Weed was also at the scene is actually the reported victim's cousin.
He's accused of not intervening.
8 jurors (5 women, 3 men) were selected for the civil case today as they listened to opening statements.
Borton's attorney, Gary Hudgins, says the plaintiff is a "sick woman" and has been for years.
Hudgins says, she is bi-polar and has a history of outbursts which led to the August incident, but it did not require the actions taken by the police.
Defense Attorney Kevan Kelly says both officers followed proper procedure and only used the taser as a last resort.
A witness described Borton's behavior that day as combative.
The jury will hear witnesses from the defendants tomorrow; officials expect to close the case by Wednesday.


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