Henrico man with disability found not guilty of assaulting VCU police

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 1:08 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2016 at 3:23 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico man with a disability was found not guilty in court on Friday of assaulting a VCU police officer.

NBC12 first told you about 29-year-old Lewis Yancey in June. He says he was leaving dinner with his girlfriend when VCU Police came up to him on the passenger side of his car because it was parked on the wrong side of the street, but things escalated quickly.

"I was face down on the ground and he kept telling me stop resisting, stop resisting," Yancey said. "I was not resisting."

What police didn't know is that Yancey is paralyzed in his right arm. He says his failure to comply led to him being pepper sprayed by officers.

The entire altercation took place back in March just steps away from the busy Kroger shopping center near Bowe and W. Clay streets.

"When it happened I was still in shock. I really wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else," said Yancey. "I feel like I was kind of profiled, but that happens nowadays it seems like."

Yancey faced two charges of felony assault on a police officer. He just had his day in court, and he was found not guilty.

"I'm blessed. There are no words for it," sad Yancey. "I'm just blessed that everything was dropped. Everything worked in my favor."

VCU Police Chief John Venuti released the following statement:

"Mr. Yancey's case has been adjudicated in a court of law and we fully respect the court's decision."

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