Attorney: Kiowa County deputy who ran over Black man now works at Hutchinson prison

FILE – This March 2020, file photo, provided by Lionel Womack shows Womack at home in Kansas City, Kan. A Kansas sheriff’s deputy caught on dashcam video running over Womack, who was fleeing shirtless across a field, is now working at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility while under criminal investigation, according to Womack’s attorney Michael Kuckelman. (Lionel Womack via AP)

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The attorney for a Black man who was run over by a Kansas deputy in an encounter caught on dashcam video says he was shocked to learn the deputy is now employed as a master sergeant at the Hutchinson prison while under criminal investigation.

Lionel Womack alleges in an excessive force lawsuit filed last year that Kiowa County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Rodriguez intentionally drove over him in August 2020.

Rodriguez has denied he intentionally swerved his truck to run over him.

Womack’s attorney urged Kansas prison officials to discuss the ongoing criminal investigations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Womack is a former police detective from Kansas City, Kan.

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