- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A man says Kalamazoo police officers roughed him up during a 2014 arrest, breaking his leg and refusing to take him to a hospital for treatment.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1LeumIu ) that a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids says police violated Earnest Lanier’s constitutional rights. Lanier and his attorney, Michael A. Roth, are seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

The lawsuit stems from Lanier’s June 17, 2014 arrest.

Attorneys for the city of Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and two officers say the allegations are meritless. Assistant City Attorney Richard O. Cherry says the officers didn’t use excessive force when arresting Lanier for alleged domestic violence.

Attorneys for Kalamazoo County and the sheriff’s department also deny that Lanier’s constitutional rights were violated.

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo


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