WATCH: Police Officer Body Slams Suspect, Lawsuits Incoming

Deputy Michael McMaster of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious person, who was wearing a hoodie and a backpack, attempting to break into a vehicle in the Evans Mill Subdivision.

A short time later, Deputy McMaster arrived at the location and observed 30-year-old Tyler Canaris walking along the roadside at the entrance to the subdivision.

Canaris, who was wearing a hoodie and a backpack, appeared to match the description of the suspect that was provided by dispatch. Deputy McMaster then approached Canaris who repeatedly refused to comply with the Deputy’s commands to remove his backpack and place his hands behind his back.

Thereafter, Deputy McMaster used force to bring Canaris to the ground and placed him under arrest. Once arrested, Canaris was evaluated on the scene by medical personnel. Canaris was then transported to the hospital by the Sheriff’s Office for medical evaluation.

Sheriff's officials say it was later determined that Canaris was not breaking into cars, but he was charged with Obstruction of Justice, and is still facing those charges. The attorneys for Canaris say they plan to file a civil lawsuit against the county.

During a news conference Monday, the attorneys accused the Paulding County deputy of leaving their client with $75,000 worth of medical bills from fractured bones and a ruptured eardrum.

What do you think, did the Officer go too far? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 comments on “WATCH: Police Officer Body Slams Suspect, Lawsuits Incoming”

  1. First initial contact proper. But if you noticed the suspect had ear buds and he took them out as soon as he noticed the deputy approach him.
    Next thing the deputy walked right up on him telling the suspect to take his hands out of his pockets when they were already clearly visible.
    The suspect wasn't acting froggy or apprehensive. (How many times has someone called in a situation that they perceived).
    And as far as the backpack the deputy took it off him. He was in control and the suspect was complying.

    In my opinion use of force was not justified.(not in my department protocol)

    In my observation the deputy wanted to from the jump to go to ground.
    And during the search of said backpack I didn't didn't observe any particular type of burglary tools.
    And I don't see how there is a glimpse of obstruction.

    1. I'm totally upset by the behavior of the cop. Never at any point did I see the young man resisting arrest. He kept asking what he did wrong. He SAID he was on his way to work. I believe the cop has had so many similar situations and the other person might have really been terrible, violent or had drugs on him. This kid didn't deserve the treatment he got. I'm 99 1/2% on the side of police, but this time I think the cop over-reacted. I hope the victim wins his lawsuit.

  2. The suspect refused to comply with LEOs instructions, he got what he deserved, Checked by medical personnel at local hospital, no problems detected. Where'd the 75 K OF medical expenses come from other than a punk trying to get money for nothing from local community. Put him in jail for obstruction of justice.

  3. If the young man had complied with the instructions, would the results have been the same? It's easy to be the quarterback after the game, but when in the spare moment, things happen because decisions are split second. The officer's arrogant disposition didn't help matters, but again if he would have complied with the given instructions could have made all the difference in the stop. I'm sorry that he was hurt, but in today's world, the cops have a tuff job.

  4. Low-intelligence police officer. Also, this man is overweight by 30 or 40 pounds. These officers do not communicate in standard English at all well. The man had his hands behind his back when the officer grabbed him from behind and threw him down onto the pavement. He can't keep his hands off the innocent bystander's private property. A perfect simulation of a police-instigated robbery.
    The caller who complained may have imagined what they thought they saw, or it may have been another person who was out there. The officer doesn't explain what the man is being stopped for.

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