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Jailers wrestle naked inmate on video; man sues over altercation

BOLIVIA, NC - An Erwin man is suing Brunswick County, claiming sheriff's deputies stripped him naked, peppered-sprayed him and beat him after he was wrongfully arrested.

The following is a video from Brunswick County Jail surveillance camera posted on YouTube by Damien Guarniere, who has filed a lawsuit stemming from the incident.

Damien Guarniere filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Brunswick County, three sheriff's deputies, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in his official capacity, an Ocean Isle Beach police officer and the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

The lawsuit states Ocean Isle Beach Police Officer Parks Reid arrested Guarniere in September 2007 and charged him with driving while impaired. Though his breath alcohol test showed a 0.06 percent blood alcohol content, below the legal limit, a Brunswick County magistrate ordered he be held in jail, according to the lawsuit.

Guarniere's attorney, Mark Lewis, said Reid stopped his client that night because he rolled past a stop sign.

The suit alleges Reid wrongfully arrested Guarniere and had him detained in the Brunswick County jail.

The suit names the town of Ocean Isle Beach as a defendant because Reid is an employee of the town. Town Attorney Elva Jess defended the police officer, saying, “I think the police department and the officer appropriately handled the matter when the initial arrest was made.”

Lewis also said he has filed a tort claim against the magistrate who ordered Guarniere be held in jail.

The lawsuit says Guarniere was stripped and put into a cell. After he banged on the cell door asking why he was detained, deputies pepper-sprayed him. Then after he protested more, they entered the cell and he ran out. The lawsuit says punches were thrown. Deputies Ernest Flowers, Steven Gerstenmier and Edrena McAfee are named as defendants in the suit.

Guarniere was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of injury to personal property. He was found not guilty by a jury in May after spending approximately 83 days in jail awaiting trial, according to the lawsuit.

But the attorney for the county's insurance company, Chris Geis, said the only one injured in the incident was a sheriff's detective who happened to be at the jail.

He said that person suffered a separated shoulder and had to have surgery.

That injury spurred the assault against a police officer charge.

“I guess the jury cut him a break. It doesn't mean that he didn't do anything wrong,” Geis said, adding Guarniere was out of control and disruptive.

He said he did not know the circumstances of Guarniere's original incarceration but said, “Jailers just don't hold people unless they have authority to hold people.”

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Added: Dec-23-2009 Occurred On: Dec-22-2009
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  • This guy is an idiot.

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  • dont drink and drive, problem solved

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  • .06 after two beers?? Does this guy weigh 80lbs?

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  • I have a friend like the narrator of this video. I don't believe a freaking word he says either. Always the victim, never responsible.

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  • Attention !!! i'm about to say something important ! ---> don't drink !


    LOL

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  • Is Liveleak infested with cops or something?

    Clearly, the cops in this video are incompentent/sadistic fucktards.

    Oh, and if there are any cops in this thread? Kiss my arse and may karma hit you like a freight train, because most of you are completely corrupt.

    Posted Dec-24-2009 By 

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  • Don't drink and drive or resist orders from a police officer, it will always make things worse.

    Posted Dec-23-2009 By 

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    • everyone should drink and drive and resist arrest and execute police officers and blow up skyscrapers on the 9/11 inside job.

      Posted Dec-23-2009 By 

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  • not getting the whole story

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  • Man, I am trying REALLY hard to understand your point of view, but I just can't... When you behave like that, WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT, REALISTICALLY???

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  • They will strip you naked if you threaten suicide.

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  • Once again...I will say if you are a smart ass, a cop can and will find ANY probable cause. Lesson to learn today kiddies...Keep your fucking mouth shut and give the law respect.

    This idiot was most definetly a wise ass, with alcohol on his breath, and AIDS or Hepatitis. Nothing like a raging liberal arrested with aids that expects the WHOLE fucking world to stop...

    I hope he looses.

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  • I love when scumbags try to justify their actions, like people are going to actually believe anything they say.

    to the OP, I only wish they could sue YOU for being such a douchebag!

    Posted Dec-23-2009 By 

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    • LOL no crap Im sure thats what I said during my one and only dui 19 years ago.
      Waking up in the hospital cuffed to a bed wondering why you hurt so damn bad sucks.
      Then finding out you had been involved in a wreck but no one else was injured your draw drops more.
      When you see your vehicle and how it had to be cut open to extricate you you feel a lil more shame.
      The only straight part of my vehicle was the tailgate because it flew off.
      Guys dont drink and drive.
      Stay safe over the holidays a More..

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  • Basically
    Your an idiot.

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  • Lets say this tool was unjustly arrested, why did he mouth off and get maced and beaten? Idiot talked him self into an asskicking. Why talk shit to multiple people who are armed? Oh right, because he shouldn't have been there in the first place--so he says.

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    • They stripped him naked, threw him in a cold cell, and pepper-sprayed him for not stopping at a fucking stop sign...

      He could have killed them for all I care after that treatment...

      Posted Dec-24-2009 By 

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  • You little smart mouth kids have no idea what goes on in these places, none.

    Posted Dec-23-2009 By 

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  • You can be under the legal limit and still be declared impaired. Cops where right. This guy was drunk and proved it with the video. Serves you right dirt bag. Now take your medicine.

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  • Those jail guards are extremely stupid. Do they enjoy looking over their shoulder their whole lives?

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  • I HOPE YOU WIN WHICH YOU PROBABLY I HATE PIGS THERE ARE SOME GOOD ONES BUT MOST OF THEM ARE FAGGGOTS

    Posted Dec-24-2009 By 

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  • Yeah maybe the guy was acting stupid, then again maybe he wasnt. either way all you ppl sucking these cops cocks make me fuckin laugh. the day you have some scumbags trying to kill you, you'll have time to be killed 20 times over before the cops even get there. lay off the rim lapping and learn to protect yourselves ppl. yeah, we already know that right? so whats the point of all these pro cop dickheads in the thread? well half of them are either cops, ex cops, cops families or friends, or rent More..

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  • .06

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  • Everyday jail life. Don't you feel rehabilitated now?

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  • This has nothing to do with race--either mine, yours or our subject's.

    1) It has everything to do with a violent drunken & disruptive idiot in a holding cell.

    2) Like these cops WANT to bear-hug his filthy naked, goat-smelling, hep-C ass.

    3) Restraining a violent & resistive person takes serious physical WORK.

    4) I am 100% positive these cops would rather be drinking coffee & doing paperwork instead of wrestling this abusive, mal-adaptive drunken bum.

    5) More..

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  • People are tired of you and your lot.

    YOU are part of the PROBLEM, ass-hole.

    Im ashamed to say that only America can produce a f**k-face like this.

    Posted Dec-23-2009 By 

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    • Gorilla, perfect name. Posting a picture of a nazi and making stupid comments. Im sure your another dumb, redneck southerner who couldnt tell anyone what the capitol of Germany is. another uneducated, racist, closeted homo. Again, when your done posting your moronic comments get back to your porn and masturbating all alone you lonely, miserable piece of w trash

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    • This has nothing to do with race--either mine, yours or our subject's.

      1) It has everything to do with a violent drunken & disruptive idiot in a holding cell.

      2) Like these cops WANT to bear-hug his filthy naked, goat-smelling, hep-C ass.

      3) Restraining a violent & resistive person takes serious physical WORK.

      4) I am 100% positive these cops would rather be drinking coffee & doing paperwork instead of wrestling this abusive, mal-adaptive drunken bum.

      5) The last More..

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    • are you quoting me because i said w trash? that wasnt towards the video but directed solely at you

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    • Looks like a picture of a WWII era German soldier. How do you know he is a Nazi?

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    • obviously you are a military buff who is trying to defend this guy by separating a soldier and a nazi. most people, most non-military buffs equate a ww2 german era soldier with nazi germany. i highly doubt gorilla was just using a picture of a ww2 german era soldier because he liked his uniform. you are either naive, agree with him or are trying to display your immense knowledge of the military and their uniforms. the swastika in hinduism and budhism mean peace but display a hindu swastika to yo More..

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  • i hate cops!!! they are not here to protect you or me, they are here to steal and kill

    Posted Dec-24-2009 By 

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