Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON

AUSTIN — A Llano man filed a federal lawsuit Sept. 7 against two former Llano police officers alleging they violated his civil rights and used excessive force during a November 2016 arrest.

Cody Perry stated in the lawsuit that Matthew Grant Harden, who was in his personal vehicle, followed him home Nov. 6, 2016, from a Sonic restaurant in Llano. At the time, Harden was a member of the Llano Police Department.

Harden pulled in behind Perry, and the two got out their cars. Perry alleges in the lawsuit that Harden “came face-to-face with” him and there was a verbal exchange. According to the lawsuit, Harden, “without warning,” punched Perry in the face.

Perry went to his knees, and when he stood up, the officer allegedly continued the assault, punching the man with a closed fist several times to the head and body. The lawsuit stated Perry was “rendered nearly unconscious” and “fell nearly limp to the ground.”

At this time, Harden got on top of Perry and placed him in handcuffs. Perry alleges in the lawsuit that while he was still face down on the ground, then-Llano police officer Melissa Sloan, used a Taser on him.

Sloan charged Perry with assault on a peace officer, which was later dismissed by the 33rd/424th District Attorney’s Office.

The lawsuit also names the city of Llano.

This is another in a series of legal woes facing the two former officers. In January of this year, a Llano County grand jury indicted Harden on charges of oppression and tampering with government documents connected to a June 2017 arrest. Former Llano Police Chief Kevin Ratliff was also indicted for his actions during the arrest. In July of this year, a jury convicted him on misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident.

Harden also faces charges in two other arrests in which he was involved.

Sloan was released from the Llano Police Department in June 2017 after officials believe she distributed “confidential information to non-law enforcement personnel.” She was later charged with a Class B misdemeanor. She was also indicted in January of this year for allegedly tampering with evidence in a case unrelated to any of these incidents.

In the lawsuit, Perry is asking for damages related to medical expenses, pain and suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the officers allegedly using excessive force.

editor@thepicayune.com

2 thoughts on “Llano man files suit against two officers and city; claims excessive force in 2016 arrest

  1. My Hats off to you Cody Perry… IT IS NOT OK FOR ANY OFFICER OF THE LAW OR COURT TO BREAK ANY LAWS OR ABUSE THEIR AUTHORITY. Especially when it was ONLY done because the Off Duty Officer DIDNT LIKE YOU. Chief Ratliff KNEW what they did to you was NOT ONLY WRONG IT WAS ILLEGAL. VIOLATED YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS. Wasted tax payers money for housing you in jail giving you an attorney To HAVE THE FABRICATED Charges Dismissed. It’s about time someone stood up to these animals If you’re not breaking the Law then the law need to leave you alone. I quit selling dope 2007. Do you think the Law left me alone? All they had to do is WATCH ME. BUT NO INSTEAD THEY KEPT ARRESTING ME FOR FABRICATED THINGS. NOT FOR ANYTHING I WAS DOING NOW. BUT FOR WHAT I “USED” TO DO.
    I’m praying this puts a stop to any abuse of power

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