Jason Geils, Whose Face Was Slammed Into a Wall by a Carrollton Cop, Wins Excessive Force Lawsuit

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Carrollton police Officer Don Patin was pretty sure Jason Geils was drunk when he pulled him over on December 10, 2009, for speeding down Stemmons Freeway and driving in the HOV lane without a passenger. Patin said he could smell alcohol on Geils' breath and, according to Dallas County court records, Geils had been picked up for DWI before.

Problem was, Geils wasn't exactly cooperating with the investigation. Geils refused Patin's request that he recite the alphabet, then refused to get out of the car, then refused to take any field sobriety tests, according to the The Dallas Morning News.

So, Patin took Geils down to the Carrollton police station, where he slammed the suspect's face into the wall. Geils wound up in the hospital with a mild concussion and four stitches. The whole scene was captured on surveillance video, which you can watch below.

"It just seems that officer Patin lost his cool," Geils' attorney, Scott Palmer, told NBC 5 on Thursday."He simply asked my client for his jacket," Palmer said. "Jason said, 'No, I'm not giving you my jacket.' And in one swift, deliberate, continuous act, lifted him and hurled him into a wall -- literally plowed him into a metal box on a wall."

Palmer, and Geils for that matter, were in a buoyant mood Thursday. A federal jury awarded Geils $80,000 in damages -- $5,000 more than he had requested -- in an excessive force lawsuit filed against Patin, who was sued individually and thus will have to pick up the tab. It was, Palmer told the Morning News, a "great day for justice."

Patin, who was fired in the wake of the incident, regained his job on appeal. The DWI charges filed against Geils were dismissed.

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Chevytexas
Chevytexas

Why can't repeat drunk drivers just kill themselves (this one will eventually, drinking 80k) without bothering the rest of us?

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Since the lesson is that money fixes everything, let's take up a collection to 80k for the right to slam Patin's head against the wall. Since assault ain't illegal in Carrollton.

BryanJ64
BryanJ64

This is a tough one! Hot-headed cop or drunk douchebag? I'm having a hard time choosing sides. Although totally out of character, I am going to have to go with the hot-headed cop. It seems his only crime was stupidity. He could have gotten the jacket off and roughed up the douchebag a little without even leaving a mark. Just needed to use a little creativity. 

Alex Buys
Alex Buys

"Excessive" force is by definition more force than is required to handle the situation. As in...it isn't ever necessary.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

I lived in Carrollton for 10 years and they do a pretty good job, if you live in one of the few good neighborhoods left and drive a nice car. Like Farmer's Branch, the increase in the Hispanic Population has brought the good and bad.

John Allen
John Allen

Donnie take time to see what others are saying including the "System" .

Bobby-Lee Zebubba
Bobby-Lee Zebubba

Actually, since the cop still has his job there's a good chance Carrollton taxpayers will end up paying for this - on account of the cop "not having been properly trained" to know the error of his ways or some such.

Brian Hamm
Brian Hamm

I'll defend the rights of anyone, since, you know, we all them them. Yes, even people you don't happen to like. Your not liking them doesn't invalidate their right to not be assaulted by an officer.

Brian Hamm
Brian Hamm

Donnie Hebert. At no point does the seriousness of their job give them license to act in any way other than professionally. If they can't do that, they should seek employment elsewhere.

Nick Price
Nick Price

Calling someone a "duM dum" is a great argument, Victor. I'm sure you'd get along with this officer just fine. Anyways, fine, he let the potentially-drunk driver go free, and paid him $80,000 of his own money, because he couldn't do his job properly and keep his cool.

Beth Peterson
Beth Peterson

Acting like "a dick" (as Donnie puts it) is no grounds for a public official to smash your face in. Hopefully cops take a lesson from this that they aren't all-mighty, invincible, do-whatever-they-want superiors of society.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

And my partner will do whatever is necessary to detain a criminal, however they would never use unnecessary force when it's not needed or warranted.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

I never said that, I'm sure most of you have no idea what it's like being a police officer, have any of you had to arrest somebody who was drunk or high? NO? Okay, also, they used the word bash, like his brains where oozing out, no, he had a few stitches and a concussion. I cannot understand why people would defend a drunk driver. I hope this guy or any drunk civilian never kills your loved ones

Lisa Simmons Smith
Lisa Simmons Smith

That's bullshit. I certainly hope your partner doesn't feel he has a license to do "whatever it takes to detain."

Chris Studt
Chris Studt

No reason to smash his face into the wall ...cops are pretty tough when its 6 on 1.

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

Good. A menace to innocent lives? For being drunk? Check yourself out in the mirror, Boy.

wontunow
wontunow

I think J Geils is a total Ahole.

80sFan
80sFan

Did he start the J. Geils Band?

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

Guess if defending what I believe in makes me stupid then I'm stupid just everybody else who does the same

Victor Trevino Sandoval III
Victor Trevino Sandoval III

look here duM dum nick price, your reading skills are lacking. This drunk didnt sue the city or state, he sued the individual who slammed his face into the wall.

Victor Trevino Sandoval III
Victor Trevino Sandoval III

Saturday, Donnie, is Shabbos, the Jewish day of rest. That means that I don't work, I don't drive a car, I don't fucking ride in a car, I don't handle money, I don't turn on the oven, and I sure as shit *don't fucking roll*!

Elozia Gonzales
Elozia Gonzales

I agree with Diane! Yes be a man of th law, don't let it "get to your head" if you will. Blah I am not to fond of Carrollton Police officers in general. It has been a long time since I have seen or met a "good cop"!

Jacob Aaron
Jacob Aaron

By my count, are two separate offenses here that should be addressed separately. GEILS DRIVING DRUNK and PATIN USING EXCESSIVE FORCE/ASSAULT. The law needs to hold both individuals accountable their actions! In a split second, that cop showed his true colors to the world. He lacks SELF CONTROL and INTELLIGENCE.. To serve and protect takes being the bigger person and not defaulting to your "reptilian brain" when presented with a challenging situation.

Cindy Morales
Cindy Morales

He was already detained. You are brainwashed if you think it's okay for cops to do that.

Nick Price
Nick Price

The officer basically *gave a drunk driver $80,000 of our money and let him go* by losing his cool. Wouldn't have happened if the officer had simply *done his job right.*

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

This has nothing to do with the type of police officer my partner is, however, if needed and warranted, he and others would and should do whatever ever it takes to detain a criminal

Diane Treider
Diane Treider

I have an entire family in law enforcement. They would NEVER condone this. NEVER. I'm wondering what kind of cop your partner is that you don't have a problem with this. We pay them to be PROFESSIONALS, not act like the moron they're arresting. Slamming someone's face into a wall is NOT how you get control of subject. This guy was already in the jail - he was off the street. There's no reason to act unprofessional at ANY stage of an arrest.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

I bet most of y'all would be commending the office if this drunk had killed you mom, spouse, parent or child. The comments would be entirely different, hang his ass, right? I haven't seen the video footage, the DO only posted a picture, it's possible is guy was being offensive and disorderly, sometimes excessive force is needed to control the situation

A Rare Ruby
A Rare Ruby

He was being a problem? He was sitting in a chair.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

Who'll be crying for justice when Jason Geils ends up killing innocent people, destroying families, at that point lets NOT blame law enforcement for not doing their job.

Christopher Luna
Christopher Luna

Not all police officers are bad but the excessive force has to stop. This particular police officer should not be able to work on the streets. Desk duty his ass.

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

I also have a feeling DFW will not be seeing the last of this drunk driver

Donnie Hebert
Donnie Hebert

Wrong! My partner is a police officer, I support and back these men and woman 100%. I do agree, at times excessive force is used and not needed, but this criminal clearly was being a problem. Lets just remember that they put their lives up for us everyday. So as a society we shouldn't always focus on the negative but remember the good these officers do for our communities.

Don North
Don North

No Donnie he got what was right and just from a nazi fn cop, people that support tyranny will be the ones staring it in the face one day. It's called justice, put it in your vocabulary you're going to need it I promise!

if6were9
if6were9

Behaving civily is only for sucker-ass civilians!

Bobby-Lee Zebubba
Bobby-Lee Zebubba

J Geils is in DFW - who knew!? ♫ "I musta got lost, I musta got lost, I musta got lost ... somewhere down the line...."

Daniel
Daniel

@mary_thompson29 It's much more lucrative to be uncooperative with a cop. My uncle's band can't get any gigs anymore, and like Jared commented, I couldn't believe he could make $80,000 by drinking and driving and then telling a cop to go pound sand.

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