An incident that one family is calling police brutality has led to a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Waycross Police Department.
On Jan. 18, high school senior Montre’ Merritt was pulling into his driveway at home and was asked to pull over by a Waycross police officer. The officer then got out of his vehicle and pointed a gun at the teen’s head, instructing him to get on the ground and then handcuffing him. When Merritt’s mother came outside to see why her son was being arrested, the officer said her son had a seat belt violation.
Merritt filed a complaint with the Waycross Police Department after the incident.