Assault victim files lawsuit against law enforcement

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  We're continuing to follow a story out of east Alabama about a suspect who was assaulted by two Russell County Sheriff's deputies while a Phenix City police officer stood by.

We're learning that suspect is now filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the officers.

Patrick Harrington claims he suffered damage to his ear, loss of vision and potential brain damage from an officer attack two weeks ago.

His attorney, Jay Lewis, tells us Harrington is suing the officers involved for $8 million, "These officers went on their own rampage and proceeded to carry out personal vendettas against this individual and that's the basis of this lawsuit."

Russell County deputies Kirby Dollar and Tim Watford, along with Phenix City police officer Rachael Hauser, are now facing federal charges in relation to the assault.

Lewis, who is an attorney out of Montgomery, says his client has suffered severe emotional and physical pain from this incident, "He was basically beaten to a pulp. He is probably going to lose eyesight in one eye, he has a ruptured eardrum. He was knocked unconscious so he suffered at least a concussion, possibly a traumatic brain injury as a result of this."

Harrington's attorney's filed the lawsuit at the end of last week and  is now in the process of notifying the defendants, Dollar, Watford, Hauser and the city of Phenix City.

The defendants then have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit and a trial could start shortly after that.

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