DES MOINES, Iowa – A fired then reinstated Des Moines police officer who has been disciplined for shooting at a television cameraman, the attacks of a groom at a wedding and assaulting his girlfriend is now being sued in federal court for his attack on a man who called the police for help in 2016.
In a lawsuit filed in U. S. District Court in Des Moines on Monday, Charles Young claims Officer Cody Grimes violated his constitutional right to be “free from unreasonable and unnecessary brutality of the police.”
Young, 63, a U.S. Army veteran, called police in March 2016 after a few he had helped, by giving them temporary shelter in his apartment refused to leave after he was unmanageable. Grimes and agent Sean O ‘ Neill responded to his 911 call. Grimes told the Young that he could not help him. Young, angry at their passivity, screamed and slammed his door close behind the officers as they left. Grimes claimed the door hit him that prompted him to kick the door in and beat Young to the ground, hitting him with his knee. Young ended up with broken ribs.
The department cleared Grimes violations conclusion of the use of force was the right one.
Grimes a surcharge of Young people with an attack on an officer. A jury found Young not guilty. A judge, however, found Young guilty of interference with official acts, and he received a fine of $250.
Young, the lawsuit charges against Grimes are excessive force and assault and battery. He claims O’neill, who failed to intervene to stop Grimes attacks and accuses the city of negligent hiring, retention and supervision. He claims the city failed to train or adequately discipline an officer with questionable and unreasonable decision, and a history of misconduct.
Young looking for money to compensate him for his injuries and the stress and damages.
Deputy City Attorney Carol Moser said that they had not reviewed the lawsuit or spoken with the officers and “it would not be appropriate to comment on the case.”
Grimes, 37, was an officer in 2007, but since 2010 he has been involved in various controversies.
In October 2010 he was sent to KCCI tv studios after employees reported someone throwing rocks at the studio windows. One of the transmitter in the camera operators away from the studio, pointing in the direction the perpetrator had fled when Grimes arrived at the scene. Grimes apparently kept the station photographer for the perpetrator and fired a shot at him, missing. Grimes was placed on two weeks paid administrative leave.
In July 2011, Grimes responded to a call for assistance from a wedding reception where an off-duty officer reported a physical confrontation between the groom and a wedding guest. Grimes upon arrival, beat the groom to the ground and punched his face, knocking the man unconscious and fracturing his facial bone. The groom continued in 2013 and won a $ 75,000 judgment against Grimes and the city.
In December 2013, Grimes was charged with domestic violence after allegedly choking his girlfriend and throwing her down a flight of stairs. He was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser crime of criminal mischief, a level of crime that enabled him to get his firearm and remain an officer.
Grimes was fired in June 2014, but the city civil service commission restored to him.
Young claims in court documents that the city continued to allow Grimes to serve in a capacity that put him in touch with the public “, despite their knowledge of Grimes’ temper and violent tendencies.”
Grimes was on traffic duty the night Young called the police for help with the removal of his unwanted guests and was sent to respond to the call.
A police spokesman said Tuesday, Grimes and O’neill remain in active service.