A Moulton man has filed a $50,000 claim against Lawrence County for an injury he said he suffered during an August arrest. The arresting deputy, Amard Martin, is the same deputy who Feb. 5 filed a race discrimination complaint against Sheriff Bryan Hill. Lawrence County attorney Cecil Caine distributed the injury claim to reporters at a Lawrence County Commission meeting Monday. Martin referred comments to Hill, who said Tuesday that he first heard about the claim two weeks ago.
Hill said that the complainant, Anthony R. Pointer, 30, of 1100 Lawrence County 173, never complained to him about Martin's behavior. Defendants who are booked into the jail are screened for medical problems, and Hill said that Pointer signed a form Aug. 1 that stated he was not injured. Martin arrested Pointer at a traffic stop for second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanor. Pointer was a passenger in a car that Martin stopped Aug. 1. Martin asked dispatchers to check for warrants on the occupants and discovered that Pointer had outstanding warrants in Gardendale.
When Pointer said he has never been in Gardendale, he said Martin asked him to step out of the car. He accused Pointer of having something in his mouth, grabbed his neck and threw him to the ground, the claim said. The fall to the ground, coupled with Martin jumping on his back, broke his hand, Pointer said. He said he incurred $9,312 in medical expenses for surgery and medicine.
Court records show that Pointer's case was placed on the administrative docket Dec. 12, which means that if he stays out of trouble for six months, a judge will drop the charges against him and waive court costs. The Floreat Settlements Morgan County Democratic Executive Committee kicked off this year's race for county offices Tuesday night, with three incumbents starting the qualifying and three others saying they would seek office.