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Killeen man files complaint against Temple Police

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TEMPLE - Temple Police Department is undergoing an internal investigation after a Killeen man filed a complaint alleging excessive force.
 
Thomas Keifer was arrested in March of 2013 for evading officers, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid driver's license.
 
Temple police confirmed they received the complaint from Keifer in late December.
   
While his attorney says Keifer evaded officers, he says he did not resist arrest. He says Temple police over-stepped boundaries arresting his client.

Dash-cam video from the Temple police department that we obtained, shows officers rushing in, swinging open the suspect’s door.
 
Then, officers used a Taser on Keifer at least four times, according to his attorney. Keifer’s shirt and jacket are pulled off as officers attempt to remove him from the vehicle.
    
Temple police says he resisted arrest.
 
His attorney, Robert O. Harris, says that's impossible when your motor skills are gone.
    
“So, if you’re telling me to get out of the car and you tase me, I don't have control of my muscles to do anything,” said Harris.   “[Control] To tie my shoes, much less undo his seat belt, get out of my car door and step out and say, ‘Yes sir, officer what can I do for you.’  I’m going to be knocked out, if not totally knocked out.”

Keifer claims he put his hands up when officers demanded he get out of the car, but his seat belt was still buckled.
    
Harris says Keifer posed no threat.
     
"There were no drugs, there were no guns, there were no bank robbers, he didn't try to run over anybody.”
 
He said police used excessive force.
    
“I guess that's kind of like breaking your child's hand when he reaches for a cookie,” he said. “You told him he couldn't have it.
He reached for it. You broke his hand. You didn't slap his hand. You didn't tell him no. You broke it.”
    
Keifer was pulled over in March after leading Temple police on a 20 minute chase.
   
He was convicted and given a ten year sentence.
 
Harris has filed an appeal for his sentence.
     
Temple police are conducting the investigation. News Channel 25 will continue to follow the investigation as it develops.
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