Nancy Smith claims her teenage son died at the hands of a Huntsville police officer. (Source: WAFF file)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
A case against the Huntsville Police
Department will go to trial next year.
Nancy Smith claims her teenage son died at
the hands of a Huntsville police officer. She said officers used excessive
force during an undercover drug bust.
Smith said an officer threw her son down to
the ground and pepper-sprayed him, then used a sharp object to dislodge what
they thought was a bag of drugs that he swallowed, breaking her son's ribs in
He died five days later.
According to the lawsuit, police never found
a bag of drugs.
A jury will hear the case in federal court
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