Alabama Amputee Sues Sheriff’s Department Over Handcuff Incident

An Alabama amputee, Giovanni Loyola, has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, alleging that he lost his left hand due to excessive force and unlawful arrest during his 2020 arrest for disorderly conduct. Loyola claims that his constitutional rights were violated when deputies ignored his pleas for help in loosening the handcuffs, resulting in the circulation in his wrist being blocked and ultimately leading to the need for surgical removal of his hand.

The incident occurred on February 16, 2020, when Loyola was at his mother’s trailer watching TV. According to officers, they responded to multiple calls about gunshots and a fight between two men. Loyola denies being involved in any altercation and suggests that his brothers may have been arguing outside. Loyola accuses the deputies of being aggressive when he answered the door, with Deputy Christopher Godber allegedly grabbing him by the wrist and forcefully pulling him outside.

Loyola, who was 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 132 pounds at the time, claims that he was then slammed into a car, thrown to the ground, and punched in the face. While lying on the ground, Godber handcuffed him tightly, despite Loyola’s protests that he had done nothing wrong. Loyola pleaded for assistance in adjusting the cuffs, but his requests were ignored by the deputies.

According to Godber’s report, Loyola’s speech was slurred, suggesting intoxication, and he was arguing loudly with relatives inside the trailer. The report states that Loyola became combative and resisted being handcuffed. Loyola alleges that his requests for medical treatment in jail were denied, and it was only later at a hospital that he was informed of the need for emergency surgery on his hand.

The severity of Loyola’s injuries led to the removal of the tops of three fingers, but the pain persisted, ultimately resulting in multiple surgeries and the amputation of his hand. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Handcuffing injuries of this magnitude are considered rare, as standard cuffs have a double-locking mechanism to prevent them from tightening excessively. Law enforcement experts emphasize the importance of proper training, including the use of double-locking cuffs and leaving room equivalent to the size of a pinky finger to ensure safety during arrests.


Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. It is truly disheartening to hear about Giovanni Loyola’s experience and the loss he has suffered. Excessive force and unlawful arrests are serious issues that need to be addressed to ensure the protection of individuals’ civil rights.

    One potential solution to prevent similar incidents in the future is to implement mandatory de-escalation training for law enforcement officers. This training would focus on teaching officers alternative methods to defuse tense situations without resorting to excessive force. By equipping officers with effective de-escalation

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