Woman claims police used excessive force when arresting father

by: Aaron Diamant Updated:

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BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. - A local woman says an officer used excessive force when police arrested her father. Surveillance video appears to show the officer stepping on the man's head when he was already on the ground.

Angela West first posted pieces of that video on Channel 2 Action News' Facebook wall.

She's demanding answers after what she says these surveillance cameras set up outside and inside her father's business caught earlier this week.

"I was not expecting to see that," a tearful West told Channel 2 investigative reporter Aaron Diamant.

Surveillance cameras caught video Tuesday afternoon when a task force stormed in to arrest West's father, Michael West, at his Bartow County business.

"It's terrifying, and it just replayed in my head all night. And my dad was all alone with all of those people," West said.

As the men rushed in, the video shows West come down the stairs and appeared to surrender by lying on the ground.

As they rush past, it appears that one of the task force members stepped on West's head. His mug shot shows West bandaged and bruised.

"To have to see that on video and that's your father that's not something that you want to see," Angela West said.

Diamant has learned members of the Bartow-Cartersville drug task force and the U.S. Marshals Service showed up to help Emerson police arrest Michael West over several outstanding felony warrants, but we still don't know which agency the officer belonged to that allegedly stepped on West's head, and whether he did it on purpose.

A task force leader who Diamant reached by phone Friday said the Bartow County Sheriff would address the video Monday.

Meantime, Diamant has learned West is no stranger to law enforcement.

"We've had problems with him, we've had multiple complains about him bilking people out of money," said Emerson Police Chief Stan Bradley.

Bradley wouldn't comment on the video, just that his officer was not involved.

Attorney Glen Albright said he was shocked and outraged when he saw the video.

"My next step is to talk to Michael. Understand his position. Find out what happened. Find out his side of the story."

"He has a past. He's not perfect, but nothing that he's done merits what happened in that video," Angela West said.