The lawsuit alleges that sheriff’s deputies assaulted the woman while she was hospitalized
A California woman claims she was assaulted by sheriff’s deputies while detained at a hospital in 2022 and awaiting medical treatment, according to a federal lawsuit filed against five officers from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
Malia Ashad, 31, who was detained at the hospital, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday, can be seen crying and screaming in body camera footage obtained by ABC News as deputies press her head against the hospital bed while restraining her. The video, provided by her attorney, is heavily edited, and the circumstances before and after are unclear. The Sheriff’s Department has not released the body camera footage.
“From start to finish, these deputies acted in a manner consistent with a gang of thugs,” Treva Stewart, one of Ashad’s attorneys, said in a statement to ABC News. “Who was happy to attack the unarmed mother of two rather than disciplined law enforcement officers sworn to protect and serve.”
Ashad was arrested on charges of battery on a person and a peace officer, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News in a statement. The district attorney did not file charges, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The clips released are a limited and skewed depiction of the incident and do not represent the totality of what occurred,” the Sheriff’s Office told ABC News. “Beyond noting that the complainant received appropriate medical treatment during that incident, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office should reserve further comment on the claim for which we have not received service.”
Eshaad is demanding a jury trial for the five California representatives participating in the elections incident An unspecified amount will be paid for damages, penalties, costs, interest and attorney’s fees, according to the complaint. Deputies allegedly refused to perform a doctor-ordered CT scan after police brought her to the hospital for alleged initial attacks, according to the lawsuit.
“To this day, no one has explained to me why I was refused a standard medical test after the supervising doctor told me I needed a test,” Ashaad told ABC News in a statement.
The hospital did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.
Ashad attended a hearing on a civil matter on Aug. 9, 2022, when a woman against whom a restraining order had been issued began attacking the mother of two by repeatedly hitting her in the head and face with a cell phone, according to the complaint. The body camera video shows a woman suddenly stand up and hit Ashad in the head several times while she remains seated. The video did not show the cause of the quarrel.
Deputies then rush toward the two women, according to body camera footage. According to the complaint, officers handcuffed Ashad’s hands behind her back and forcefully raised her arms before deputies escorted her from the courtroom.
“Instead of apprehending the assailant in the situation, sheriff’s deputies continued their assault on the courtroom by striking Ashad twice in the head, causing her to fall and hit her head on the table, and to seize her and temporarily detain her,” Ashad’s attorneys told ABC News in the statement. Lost consciousness.”
Deputies transported Ashad to the emergency department at Kaiser Permanente San Leandro campus, where a doctor determined she needed a CT scan to rule out a brain injury, according to the complaint.
“We’re not going to take her to a CT scan [scan] “All I need to do is let her out of jail. She’s going to jail,” a deputy can be heard telling hospital staff on body camera video.
A hospital employee replied, “I understand, but this is the doctor’s order.”
Once at the hospital, Eshaad was supposed to be under the care of hospital staff and was ordered to change into a gown, which is standard protocol, the lawsuit states.
“As any woman would do, I requested the presence of a female officer before I put on the paper gown for the CT scan,” Ashaad told ABC News in a statement. “I did not know at the time that the same officer could simply overrule the decision of the supervising doctor and cancel the medical treatment he determined was necessary.”
Ishad refused to enter the prison before a CT scan was performed, which led to officers grabbing her and placing her on a hospital bed, which led to her losing consciousness twice, according to the complaint.
Deputies never allowed Ashad to perform a CT scan while she was in custody, and she was transported to jail instead, according to the lawsuit.
Angel Alexander, one of Ashad’s attorneys, told ABC News: “At first, the male deputies viciously attacked Ms. Ashad in the courtroom, leaving her bloodied and concussed. They then took her to the hospital where they continued their unnecessary and unreasonable attack.” In the current situation. “The level of cruelty, brutality and arrogance displayed by these deputies is astonishing even by their standards.”