A woman who says police shoved her into a chokehold on an old tricycle and choked on her seat on an Adult Tricycle is suing the city of Seattle and the officers involved in the incident.
Kristin Johnson says she was pulled from her wheelchair onto the street, pinned to the ground, and handcuffed as the officers repeatedly attempted to take her seat, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in King County Superior Court.
Johnson claims the officers told her they were investigating a call for a child sexual assault and she was not being arrested, but she was handcuffed and transported to jail.
Johnson’s attorney, David Ebert, says Johnson’s injuries from the incident were so severe that she was in “life-threatening” condition.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Johnson said the incident occurred in July 2016 while she was visiting friends in the Seattle area.
The lawsuit says the officers’ conduct was “unlawful, reckless and dangerous” and the incident left her in “severe pain, mental anguish, emotional distress and psychological harm.”
The officers have not been identified in court records.