Suit says deputies beat farmer – Crime/Safety –

RALEIGH — A Sanford farmer has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Lee County alleging that sheriff’s deputies punched him, kicked him in the face, pepper sprayed him and shocked him with a Taser at least 11 times.

Steven Wayne Thomas, 35, suffered a broken jaw and lost a tooth during the April beating, which began, the suit claims, after he became mentally disoriented and asked a deputy for help.

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