Mentor Man Works Out Plea Deal, Drops Excessive Force Lawsuit Against Kirtland Hills Police: UPDATE

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After landing on a plea deal in Willoughby Municipal Court, Thomas Adams dropped his excessive force lawsuit against the Kirtland Hills Police Department (see original story below.)

He pleaded guilty to physical control of a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct, lesser charges than what initially brought him into court. Adams had been pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. During the traffic stop, a physical altercation led to Adams sustaining head injuries on the roadway.

Dash cam footage is available below.

Originally published Jan. 11

Officer Clyde Null Jr. used excessive force when he slammed Thomas Adams' head onto the asphalt of a Kirtland Hills roadway on Aug. 19, 2016, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. Watch dash cam video of the incident below.

The lawsuit, first reported on by Eric Heisig at, alleges that Null repeatedly slammed Adams' head on the street, which rendered him "nearly unconscious." His booking photo shows injuries surrounding his left eye.

Adams was reportedly driving erratically when Null pulled him over, according to Kirtland Hills police. He was charged with resisting arrest and OVI. (Adams did not provide a breath sample for BAC measurement.)

Scene has requested the contents of Null's personnel file. We will update this story upon receipt.

As far as the lawsuit, Adams is seeking a trial. No specific amount in damages sought was cited in the civil complaint.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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