A Black Colorado man is suing the sheriff's department for strapping him to a chair and 'brutally' tasing him

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A black man who was tasered and drugged by police has filed a federal lawsuit.
Travis Cole's attorneys claimed his race was a "motivating factor" in the officer's use of force.
The officer involved was found guilty of third-degree assault and misconduct.
A Colorado man who is black has filed a state discrimination lawsuit against a local police department after an incident in 2020 in which he was "brutally chased" while "completely restrained" by a white sheriff's sergeant.
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Travis Cole, 34, told NBC News that he was traumatized by the September 21, 2020 incident at the Boulder County Jail. Cole's attorneys said his race was a "motivating factor" in the sergeant's decision to taser him while he was held down and "couldn't do anything at all but scream and shrug his shoulders."
"I had a lot of respect for law enforcement, but now I'm scared," Cole, who was facing domestic violence charges when he was arrested, told NBC News. "I don't think they are here to protect and serve."
Cole Cole's attorneys, Mari Newman and Andy McNulty, said that after being restrained entirely in a chair with his arms and legs tied, Cole was taunted by officers.
Boulder County Sergeant Christopher Mecca "began to verbally taunt the helpless Mr. Cole, attempting to provoke aggression ... by repeatedly encouraging him to resist," according to the federal lawsuit, which was presented to Insider.
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Mecca and seven other officers were present.
The lawsuit said Mecca pressed his taser to Cole's leg and threatened to stun him while the other officers looked on, "but took no action to intervene, although there was no conceivable justification for the defendant Mecca's threat to harm Mr "To stun Cole."
"Then, while continuing to taunt Mr. Cole, the accused Mecca activated his taser and electrocuted Mr. Cole, watching his restrained body tremble and squirm for about five seconds - an act of pure cowardly sadism without." conceivable legitimate purpose of law enforcement or criminal prosecution. and a specific use of excessive force," the lawsuit states.
Along with Mecca, Sheriff Joe Pelle is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, as are two commanders and seven deputies.
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A spokesman for the Boulder County Sheriff's Department didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment Sunday. NBC reported that Cole's domestic violence charges were later dropped.
It was not immediately clear whether Mecca had hired a lawyer.
"Incredibly, the accused Mecca reported to his superiors in an email after the incident that he had chosen to taser Mr. Cole while fully restrained and not to use any other methods of using force since Mr. Cole was a black man is. Had the plaintiff been white, the accused Mecca would not have tased him," the lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, two Longmont Mecca police officers reported their behavior to their supervisor, who escalated the matter. When questioned about the incident, "Mecca was defensive and offered no valid justification," the lawsuit states.
Sheriff Pelle said in a statement that the office has a policy prohibiting the use of a stun gun on restrained inmates, according to NBC.
"The sheriff's office has acted expeditiously and with full public transparency to address this abuse of violence and hold the former employee accountable," the statement said, according to NBC. "The sheriff disagrees with the allegations in the lawsuit that allege our agency was at fault, and counters that the former employee acted outside of our policies and training and bears sole responsibility for that decision."
Rather than be fired, Mecca resigned after the incident, NBC News reported.
He was later found guilty of third-degree assault and official misconduct in December 2021, according to the Daily Camera. He was given a suspended sentence, according to NBC.
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