Lawsuit: Houston officer used excessive force against inmate

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Posted: Nov 14, 2016 11:39 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A man accused of drunken driving has filed a lawsuit against a Houston police officer after police video captured the officer pushing him into a door frame at the city jail, causing a gash on his head.

In the lawsuit filed Sunday, Reuben Williams says Officer S. Corral used excessive force as he escorted Williams to a holding cell in November 2014. The lawsuit also names the city of Houston.

Williams' suit seeks punitive damages, saying the incident caused him mental anguish.

Williams was jailed after he was arrested on a drunken-driving charge. Jail video shows he earlier was combative with officers.

A Harris County grand jury reviewed Williams' treatment at the jail and declined to issue an indictment.