Lavako Riley, 35, was in the hospital for three days after being maced by a Bossier City police officer following a fight last month.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
A Bossier City woman claims she was unfairly maced by a Bossier City police officer in a Walmart parking lot after she got into a fight with another woman.
The incident happened June 6. Lavako Riley, 35, says she had an asthma attack after she was maced and spent three days in the hospital, racking up a $29,215 bill. She says she's uninsured and unable to pay her medical bills. Now she is claiming excessive force was used, "I feel like justice needs to be done, because nobody should be treated like that," said Riley.
Riley explained her nightmare began with an argument after a cashier asked if another woman could get in front of her in line. "I told her no, because I have to go to work," that's when she said the two women started to verbally fight, the argument escalated in the parking lot.
"She walked away from her buggy and walked out to my car and I instantly jumped out, when I jumped out we passed words and instantly started fighting," Riley said.
The dash camera of a police car, which happened to be there, captured the sounds of the fight. It caught the attention of a police officer who pulled out mace and sprayed them both.
"If proper procedures had been followed, we would have stopped (fighting), but he instantly started spraying us with mace," Riley explained. According to hospital records obtained by KSLA News 12 through Riley, it is confirmed Riley was taken to the ICU and spent 3 days at WK Bossier Health Center.
"As in any case where an individual alleges excessive force and has secured the services of an attorney, there's a potential for litigation. The police department does not discuss matters of litigation, potential or otherwise," said Mark Natale, Bossier City Police Department spokesman.
"From what I saw right there [surveillance video], everything he did was appropriate. I think it would be supported by policy," said Pierelee.
"Yeah I know I did wrong by fighting, but I didn't deserve to be treated the way I was treated," said Riley.
Riley had initially hired an attorney to file a civil suit against the department, but Riley says that attorney chose not to take on the case. According to Riley, she plans to look for an attorney who will take her case, she looking for money to pay her medical bills and also for her pain and suffering.
According to Natale, no complaint was filed with the police department.