SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The City of Springfield paid $20,000 in 2011 to a man who accused the police department of excessive force after his arrest in May of 2008.
John Sedersten filed the Civil Rights Complaint in January 2009. Sedersten wrote in his complaint that the arresting officer came to the jail a few hours after a traffic stop that led to his arrest.
Sedersten wrote that Officer Morris Taylor, “came into my holding sell (sic) and beat me while I was sleeping.” Sedersten went on to say in his complaint that Taylor “relocated me to 2 other locations in the facility while continuing to beat on me.”
A Springfield Police Department investigation accused Taylor of striking Sedersten in the side with his knee and punching Sedersten in the head two times with a closed fist. A booking officer reported Sedersten was hit three or four times by Taylor. The report also says "Morris Taylor was yelling and cursing while he was interacting with Sedersten."