The city of Osage Beach, Chief Dave Severson and officer Sam Ford are the defendants in a $1 million civil suit recently filed in the Western District Court of Missouri. The suit was filed by Eric Hauser, of Osage Beach. According to court documents, Hauser was in the parking lot of Woody’s in Osage Beach on April 6, 2010, when he got into a verbal disagreement with Robert Taggart. Several officers arrived, including Ford, with a report that the two were fighting.


The city of Osage Beach, Chief Dave Severson and officer Sam Ford are the defendants in a $1 million civil suit recently filed in the Western District Court of Missouri. The suit was filed by Eric Hauser, of Osage Beach. According to court documents, Hauser was in the parking lot of Woody’s in Osage Beach on April 6, 2010, when he got into a verbal disagreement with Robert Taggart. Several officers arrived, including Ford, with a report that the two were fighting.

According to court documents, the officers separated the two men in the parking lot of the restaurant. Hauser was facing Ford when Ford kicked Hauser’s feet out, picked him up slamming him to the ground and placed handcuffs on him.
Hauser said he was immediately released from the handcuffs and released by Ford without any charges filed.

Hauser called the actions Ford committed “reckless”, “outrageous”, and “subjected (Hauser) to an unreasonable risk of harm.”

Hauser is seeking $1 million for what he feels was the violation of his civil rights. Hauser is alleging 10 specific charges: deliberate indifference, failure to train, negligent assignment, negligent supervision, inadequate procedures, deliberate indifference - pattern and practice, negligence/negligence per se, cruel and unusual punishment, assault and battery.

Severson and the city are named in the suit for their alleged roles in subjecting Hauser to the physical assault by Ford. The suit also claims the city failed to monitor the officers on the Osage Beach Police Department, including Ford, and did not properly discipline officers with known behavioral issues. The practices “made it highly foreseeable that other civilians, and in particular (Hauser), would be assaulted and abused by... Ford,” the lawsuit states.

Samuel E. Trapp of Trapp & Associates, in Osage Beach, is representing Hauser.