WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The Town of Wrightsville Beach and two of its police officers are facing a federal lawsuit stemming from an incident that happened on Election Day in 2011.
According to a lawsuit filed in federal court, Adam Mills was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving by two Wrightsville Beach Police Officers Nov. 8, 2011. Mills says that while he was being transported to the police department, both officers began to taunt him about the potential effects his arrest would have on his father, Darryl Mills, who on that same day was elected to the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen.
The lawsuit alleges that in response to the officers' taunts, Mills was verbally abusive to the officers once they arrived at the jail. The lawsuit also says that Mills continued to verbally assault the officer, but at no point did he become physically aggressive.
Court documents say that surveillance cameras also recorded the entire event, and showed one officer punching Mills in the head, along with another officer slamming Mills to the ground, face first.
Mills says he was bleeding heavily and that the officers did not immediately administer medical assistance. Mills was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where it was determined that he suffered a fracture to the left orbital walls as well as a broken nose.
Wrightsville Beach Town Manger Tim Owens says that the town's attorney is reviewing the surveillance video from the incident and that they might release the video to the media.
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