BELZONI, Miss. (WJTV) – An Arkansas man claims he was assaulted by deputies from Humphreys County during a traffic stop.
Amanda Bullard and her fiancé, Lee Bullion, said they were traveling separately from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to Terry, Mississippi, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bullion was able to capture part of the traffic stop on video. The video showed the deputy ordering Bullion to step away from his fiancé’s car, and he followed their orders.
According to the uniform arrest ticket, Bullion was arrested for ‘failure to comply with a lawful order’ after a deputy approached him telling him to put his phone down. In the recording, the deputy said Bullion was being arrested for “interfering with a traffic stop.” After this encounter, the recording stops.
Lee said he was then handcuffed, slammed on his vehicle and placed in the back of the deputy’s car with no air conditioning for nearly 40 minutes. With a history of seizures, Bullion said he blacked out and remembers waking up on the ground.
He said deputies removed his handcuffs and proceeded to take him in where he was booked and treated. It was at the jail where paramedics determined Bullion needed to be checked out.
“I got to the hospital and the doctor could tell I had been assaulted,” said Bullion.
He said doctors did a CT scan and a x-ray on his shoulder. Nothing was broken, but Bullion was told he had a bad strain.
The couple said they were confused by the incident, because they said they know Bullard was wearing her seatbelt. They don’t know how the deputy was able to see inside the tinted vehicle while in motion.
On the ticket, ‘child restraint violation’ was checked and not ‘seatbelt violation.’
Bullion said he has an attorney and plans to fight the charge.
12 News reached out to the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office for a statement. We have not heard back from them.
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