Former student files civil lawsuit against SHSU police dept for personal injury
Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 01:10
A former Sam Houston State University student has filed a civil lawsuit against the University Police Department, Sam Houston State University and the City of Huntsville for personal injury, according to the documents he filed.
Aman Abdulaziz alleges his civil rights were violated in a complaint filed on Oct. 1, 2012, two years to the day of the event that he is suing for.
Abdulaziz alleges in his complaint on Oct. 1, 2010 he was the victim of a “gang assault and excessive force” by members of the University Police Department.
In a widely publicized YouTube video picked up by Houston news stations, the dashcam video of the event shows, Abdulaziz alleges, an officer can be heard saying, “I choked the shit out of him.”
Abdulaziz alleges that he was beaten before being taken to the police headquarters. He said the police originally charged him with three crimes while at the scene of the incident; possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and evading arrest. Abdulaziz was found not guilty of a fourth charge, assaulting a police officer, close to a year later.
Requests for the police report and dashcam video were unable to be fulfilled by press time. Calls to Abdulaziz's lawyer and the district attorney were not returned by press time.