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Lawsuit alleges excessive force against Shively Police officer

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A photo showing injuries to Armstrong's face. A photo showing injuries to Armstrong's face.
SHIVELY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A man says a traffic stop led to his facial fractures and a hospital stay and now he's suing the Shively Police Department in circuit court.

The lawsuit alleges an officer used excessive force during the traffic stop, but the police report tells a different story. 

"When I got out the car, 'he said get back in the car," said Yakie Armstrong, who is suing Shively Police.

Armstrong says pictures don't lie. "Next thing I know, I am waking up in the hospital with them fooling with my eye."

He says last month, he was stopped by Shively police and ended in the hospital with injuries after being shot with an electroshock weapon.

"I'm like, what did he do...have the taser turned all the way up, you know what I'm knock me out," said Armstrong.

According to a police report obtained by WDRB News, police say Armstrong appeared to be "reaching into his pants."

But Armstrong disputes that claim. "I didn't reach for my pants, there's no possible way that he thought I was reaching for my pants because when I got out of the car, I'm holding on to the car door."

The stop was made at a lot just off 7th Street, Armstrong says he woke up in the emergency room and not sure how he got there; he says the only answers came from the people treating him. "And I said, well, what happened. They said that the officer said that you fell."

"The pictures are disturbing, the pictures are accurate...and the medical information is disturbing and accurate as well," said Brandon Lawrence, Armstrong's attorney.

Lawrence is representing Armstrong and recently filed a lawsuit on his behalf against Shively Police.

"From the injuries he seems that there was some excessive force that was used," said Lawrence.

We contacted Shively Police but the department does not comment on pending litigation.

Meanwhile, Armstrong is charged with speeding, operating on a suspended license and fleeing or evading police, but he says according to his doctors he's not the only one who should be facing charges. 

"They're saying that it was blunt force trauma, you know what I'm saying? And that it was an assault, there's no way that it could have been, could have occurred from a fall," explained Armstrong.

Armstrong's attorney has also requested police cruiser video, but it was denied. The Shively Police Department has 20 days to respond to this lawsuit.

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