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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Richard Merritt
A D.C. police officer filed a $3 million civil lawsuit Wednesday against two Prince George's County police officers, saying the officers beat him with a baton and struck him in the face while he was handcuffed during a confrontation outside a Fairmount Heights restaurant and strip club.
The incident that sparked the lawsuit occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday as Officer Merritt, 47, said he went to the Ebony Inn restaurant to pick up some barbecue after his shift as a patrol officer in the 4th District.
Officer Richard Merritt, a 23-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, said police officers used "excessive force," striking him in the legs with their batons as they attempted to get him to lay on the ground and punching him several times in the face after he was restrained, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Prince George's County Circuit Court.