- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City Police said they are investigating a man’s allegation that officers used excessive force in an arrest captured on dashcam video.

Manuel Palacio, 24, alleges in a lawsuit filed last month in Jackson County Circuit Court that officers kneed him in the back, beat him in the ribs and made verbal threats when they arrested him in May 2014, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1IYNydl ) reports. Palacio pleaded guilty to stealing and been sentenced to five years in prison.

The police department said in a statement that the department became aware of a “possible case of police misconduct several weeks ago.” The statement said a criminal investigation has been initiated.

The lawsuit names Officers Shannon Hansen and Jacob Harris and Sgt. Todd Hall. Hansen is no longer with the department. According to a court record and a police statement, Harris and Hall are on administrative assignments during an internal investigation.

No attorneys are listed for the officers in online court records.

“We’d like accountability. That’s it,” Palacio’s attorney, Tom Porto, told The Associated Press.

The suit contends Palacio did not resist arrest and was unarmed. The Star reported that a dashcam video shows police driving onto the sidewalk and using their vehicle to strike Palacio, who matched the description of a suspect in a reported armed street robbery. An officer is then seen getting out of the vehicle with his gun drawn. Palacio complies with an order to get on the ground and police handcuff him.

The lawsuit said that Harris told Palacio “not to say another word” and that he if did he was “going to the hospital.” The suit said Hansen then yelled that he was giving “the alleged (robbery) victim ‘your address, and you mom’s (expletive) address and everybody’s address that you know and I hope his family comes over and takes a (expletive) ball bat to your (expletive) head, mother (expletive).”

According to court documents in the criminal case against Palacio, the police department gave the video to his attorney in April. The prosecutor’s office did not view it until September. When it did, the office advised the police department that it warranted an investigation. Police advised prosecutors on Oct. 5 that the department was investigating the matter.

That same day the state asked the court to seal the video, but Palacio pleaded guilty to one count of stealing before the court ruled on that motion.

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