An Alabama liquor store owner has sued after a police officer responding to a robbery call at his store punched him in the face and broke his jaw in March 2020.
The Decatur Daily reports that Kevin Penn sued the city of Decatur and police officer Justin Rippen on March 11 in federal court.
Penn is Black and Rippen is white.
Penn had trapped a shoplifter with an electronic lock and the suspect was lying on the ground, with Penn holding him at gunpoint.
The video appears to show Penn setting the gun magazine down as the officer’s approach.
Penn refused saying, “I have a right to have my gun,” according to body camera video.
An officer, who has been identified as Rippen, then appears to punch Penn. »