BIRMINGHAM—DiCello Levitt LLP and Ben Crump Law on behalf of Pamela Foster, widow of former New Orleans Saints player Glenn Foster Jr., today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against Pickens County, the County’s Sheriff’s Office, the Pickens County Jail, and seven law enforcement officers.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants excessively assaulted, battered, strangled, and ultimately killed Mr. Foster, while denying him access to medical treatment.
On December 3, 2021, during a traffic stop for alleged reckless driving, Pickens County police wrestled the former National Football League player to the ground, slamming his head into the concrete.
Following Foster’s arrest, the defendants tortured him for more than 24 hours while he was in the custody of the Pickens County Jail. On December 6, 2021, Mr. Foster was scheduled to undergo an urgent medical evaluation. In conjunction with taking him to that evaluation, the defendants violently forced Mr. Foster into a police transport vehicle, causing him to sustain neck injuries that later contributed to his untimely death.
“As a direct result of the defendants’ use of excessive force, including stripping Glenn Foster naked and tasering him repeatedly, applying headlocks and choking him to the point of unconsciousness, the ex-NFL player and father of four young children was brutally killed,” said Eli Hare, senior counsel at DiCello Levitt’s Birmingham office. “The defendants’ conduct was so extreme and outrageous that they must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Hare added.
The lawsuit alleges that Glenn Foster’s death was the direct result of the defendants’ tortious actions. Charges include wrongful death, the use of excessive force in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, violation of due process, and governmental liability.
The lawsuit is Anny Pamela Foster v. Pickens County, et al. Case No. 7:23-cv-01647-ACA (N.D. Ala.).
A copy of the complaint is available on request.
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