3 Syracuse cops named in excessive force lawsuit, accused of assaulting man during traffic stop

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Moravia man is accusing three Syracuse Police officers of assaulting him during a traffic stop three years ago, alleging he had to regain proper use of his hand as a result of the injuries. 

According to the complaint, Gregory Edwards says he was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into an embankment after failing to stop for police in December 2013. 

Edwards says he was run down by officers after getting out of the car and assaulted when he was on the ground.

He alleges that while he was on the ground, officers Robert Harrington, Mamoun Abraham, and Andrew Quinn, jumped on him and “pummeled” him with punches and kicks to his head and the left side of his body.

He is seeking $2 million in damages, “plus pain and suffering due to the injurys (sic) sustained to my head and shoulder that lead to the surgery needed to regain proper use of my left hand for work.”

Officers held Edwards down— one had a knee in his back and the other two were lifting his arm beyond its range of motion while yelling at him to “stop resisting,” according to the complaint.

He also says he was denied medical attention when he was being brought into the Onondaga County Justice Center.

According to Edwards’ complaint, the case was previously heard by the Syracuse Citizens Review Board. The complaint says the board found the officers guilty of the lawsuit.

The City of Syracuse tells NewsChannel 9 that they have no comment on the lawsuit.

See the complaint below: 

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