Laurel man files federal lawsuit against town, two officers in 2019 incident

LAUREL, Del. – A Laurel resident has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Town of Laurel and two of its police officers following an incident that took place back in 2019.

We’re told that 19-year-old Roger Warner has filed the suit, and the two officers involved are identified as Officer David Marvel and Officer Daniel Howard. The suit alleges that Warner, who is African-American, was beaten, thrown to the ground, and improperly arrested by the two officers, who are both white.

Warner alleges that during a routine traffic stop on September 24, 2019, when he was 17-years-old, Officers Marvel and Howard beat him, causing him contusions and a concussion. The officers then reportedly arrested him despite knowing his mother was coming to the scene of the stop and was only minutes away. Warner, who suffered the loss of his father in 2009 and has been raised by his mother, alleges he was forced to defer his high school graduation for a year as a result of the trauma caused by his improper arrest ad assault.

The charges against Warner were dismissed.

In his lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Wilmington, DE, Warner seeks monetary damages based upon the officers’ violations of his federal civil rights.

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