Woman files federal lawsuit against Sherman Police Department

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SHERMAN, TX -- A lawsuit has been filed against the Sherman Police Department after a woman claims multiple officers used excessive and deadly force in the death of her sister last year. Now she's seeking damages.

A lawsuit claims Lesa Surratt was stopped on a traffic violation in August 2013 during which Surratt was arrested for the violation and placed in a patrol vehicle. The suit claims Surratt's passenger observed Surratt remove a baggie containing a small amount of cocaine and swallow it.

Then officers allegedly began hitting her and choking her with a flashlight to make her spit it out, and then tased her. It says she lost consciousness and was pronounced brain dead upon arrival at Texas Health Presbyterian - Wilson N Jones Hospital.

The City of Sherman responded saying they were served in a lawsuit Wednesday morning alleging excessive force by the members of the Sherman Police Department during a traffic stop in August of 2013.

The city attorney says she asphyxiated and lost consciousness. She received prompt medical attention, but later died from her injuries.

A statement from the Sherman City Attorney, Brandon Shelby, says:

"The actions of the Sherman Police Officers were investigated by the Texas Rangers and the findings were presented to a Grand Jury.
No charges were filed and the officers were cleared."

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