- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Testimony has started in a 2012 federal lawsuit alleging two officers used excessive force during a 2011 encounter with a 16-year-old boy and his mother on a Dover street.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1KQChr0 ) testimony began Monday in a trial expected to last about a week.

Attorney Pat James says a part-time Dover officer, Steven Payton, overreacted after he drove past the mother and son, misinterpreted what was going on and stopped to question the pair.

James says Payton called for backup he says one responding officer unnecessarily used a stun gun on Matthew Robinson.

But Payton’s attorney says as Payton drove by, he saw what looked to him like a large man approaching a small woman on a Tuesday night when not many people were walking on the streets.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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