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Man who sued deputies for choking him for smiling in mug shot appears in court

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A Harris County inmate who claims he was assaulted by deputies for smiling during his booking photo was in court Monday morning.

Christopher Johnson’s attorney requested more time to prepare before trial, and he said they will be back in court Dec. 12. The trial is regarding the DWI with which Johnson is charged.

Johnson is suing the Harris County Sheriff’s Office after, he said, two county employees grabbed him by the neck and choked him for 30 seconds because he smiled.

Johnson was arrested on July 25, 2015, on suspicion of drunken driving. His attorneys are seeking compensation for the incident, saying it caused Johnson “significant pain and mental anguish.”