Man Files Suit Over Holding Cell Incident

The man pushed in a Columbia jail cell has filed a civil lawsuit against the city and three police officers.

By Nick Gass (Columbia, Mo.)

A civil suit has been filed in district court on behalf of Kenneth Baker, the man who was shoved in a Columbia holding cell on Aug. 15. The suit names three officers and the city. It comes on the heels of last week’s internal police report which cleared one of those officers, Rob Sanders, of wrongdoing. However, Sanders was fired Sept. 20.

Sanders’ wife, Amy, said she’s not interested.

“I think that it’s sad that the officers are all put in this position. So I don’t have any reason to read it, and I probably never will. ”

The suit also alleges Sanders grabbed Baker by his feet and removed him from the patrol vehicle when they arrived at the emergency room, causing Baker to land on his back. Baker’s attorney Ron Netemeyer said he thinks the complaint speaks for itself.

A spokesperson for the city of Columbia declined comment on the suit.