A teenager who says he was permanently injured by a Texarkana, Texas, police officer while being arrested is speaking out.
DaQuan Huey’s attorney held a press conference February 12.
“Can’t see out of my left eye… it’s hard to navigate, like… move around, I run into things on my left side…,” said 17-year-old DaQuan Huey.
Huey said he was breaking up a fight January 27.
“I was trying to make everybody stop, because I don’t want nobody to get seriously hurt,” said Huey. “It was, it was too much going on out there.”
But the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department said Huey was a part of the fight and resisted arrest. He faces a disorderly conduct charge.
“There was certainly disorder in the area, but DaQuan was serving as a peacemaker,” said Lee Merritt, Huey’s attorney. “Those charges need to be dropped immediately.”
According to a lawsuit filed by Huey, Texarkana, Texas, police officer Scott Lillis used excessive forceon Huey. The lawsuit said Lillis fired a mace gun at point-blank range, permanently damaging Huey’s left eye.
“Law enforcement should be held to a higher standard of justice, not a lower standard of justice,” said Merritt.
Merritt also said the family wants the issue of excessive force brought to a grand jury. The police department said they are investigating the complaint.
Huey’s mother said she is seeking justice for her son’s injuries.
“I have to look at him every day and wonder why, like, I wasn’t there to protect him,” said Miracle Farr. “That’s what they took from me.”
We reached out to the city’s attorney for comment, but have not yet received a response.