Afterward, Goodwin was “too emotionally and mentally distraught to comply and, therefore, Plaintiff Dacon was required to do so,” the lawsuit states.
In addition to the “great physical and mental pain and suffering,” which has required counseling, Goodwin lost his job as a result of the actions, the lawsuit states.
“He’s been so traumatized from this it’s hard to even put a number on it,” Sedghi said.
Hollis, who was previously fired from the Zebulon Police Department, was placed on administrative leave with pay during an internal investigation, according to the Macon Telegraph.
Goodwin said on his Facebook page he regrets following the orders, but did as he was told because he was afraid of being shot or taken to jail. He also didn’t think he could afford having a professional remove Big Boy’s head for a fee, The AJC previously reported.
According to Walker, who is named in the suit, Goodwin was advised by the county health department about the options regarding the decapitation and testing.
“I can’t recall something like this (case) ever,” Sedghi said. “It’s so outrageous that I just can’t image how anyone would feel in his position.”
The case has sparked considerable attention locally and nationally.
“People have been really upset about what this officer did,” Sedghi said.
In other news:
Acworth cops were at a nearby Chevron when they saw a parachute floating through the sky.
They rushed over to meet the daredevil and eventually arrested him and another parachutist.