HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawsuit alleging that a former West Virginia officer used excessive force that led to the death of a woman at a hospital has been settled for an undisclosed amount.
The Herald-Dispatch reports the lawsuit alleges that former Huntington police Officer Joshua Nield used excessive force and caused the 2014 death of 66-year-old Annie Earle. The lawsuit’s other targets, which include Cabell County 911 and St. Mary’s Medical Center have been eliminated from the case.
A complaint states Earle went to the hospital for a facial laceration and failed to secure a mental hygiene order. Earle left the hospital and returned after a citizen called 911.
The lawsuit states Nield lifted her up and eventually laid his full weight on her body.
A second lawsuit against Nield remains ongoing.