NYDailyNews A Texas inmate is suing the Harris County sheriff’s department after deputies tried choking the smile off his face while snapping his mugshot. Christopher Johnson was ridiculed and insulted for smiling during his photo after he was arrested on July 25, 2015 and charged with drunken driving. “Take the picture right,” a deputy said several times, according to KTRK. “Man, stop smiling!” Johnson stuck to his grin, telling officers that he takes all his photos with a big smile. That’s when deputies started choking Johnson for at least 30 seconds to take the mugshot, but he still managed to smile for the picture, while officers were throttling his neck. The Harris County Sheriff’s department has no policy against smiling during mugshots, public information officer Ryan Sullivan told the Daily News. “It is not uncommon for detention personnel to assist impaired or uncooperative detainees during the booking photo process,” Sullivan said in a statement. In Johnson’s police report, deputies said the smiling man was “uncooperative.” The department declined to comment further on the lawsuit. Johnson said he’s been traumatized, both physically and emotionally from the choking, and is suing for compensation and punitive damages.
We have seen Texas police assist in a mugshot in the past, in 2012 a Texas man was so drunk that a deputy had to hold his head up during his mugshot, and the result was one of my favorite mugshots of all-time. However this is a different situation, as a deputies tried to wipe the grin off Christopher Johnson’s face following a DUI arrest, and now he is suing the police department due to this mugshot which shows him smiling while being strangled by the cops. You are not allowed to smile during your mugshot, so Christopher Johnson should have listened to the police officer’s orders to stop grinning, he brought this strangulation on himself. The mugshot is hilarious, as Christopher Johnson grins despite the fact that he is being choked by police, and this mugshot clearly makes the SportSmasher.com Mugshot Hall Of Fame: