Elderly man says Georgetown, Williamson Co. officers broke his hip

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GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — An elderly Georgetown man is suing Williamson County and the City of Georgetown for using excessive force and causing injuries during an incident in September.

The lawsuit says the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team came to Herman Crisp’s home in the 700 block of West Street to serve a search warrant on his home, looking for his nephew, who had been staying at his house.

When the officers arrived, Crisp, 81, was drinking coffee on his front porch with his neighbor. According to the suit, an officer threw a flash-bang onto Crisp’s lawn without any verbal warning, causing him to fall to the ground. The suit goes on to say Crisp was “grabbed by three officers and slammed to the ground, breaking his hip.”

When Crisp told the officers about his injuries, the suit claims no one called the paramedics or offered any medical assistance. The next day, a family member found Crisp lying on the floor and unable to reach the bathroom due to his injuries, according to the suit.

The suit also contends officers broke windows and damaged items in his house.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of a million dollars for medical care and treatment and mental anguish.

A spokesperson for the City of Georgetown says, “We have not seen a copy of the lawsuit, so until we see it we can’t really speak on it.” A spokesperson for Williamson County said they can’t speak on the suit either.

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