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A lawsuit accuses Columbus, Ohio, police of using excessive force against black people


A federal lawsuit filed in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday accuses the city’s police of using excessive force when they arrested a man earlier this month.

The suit filed on behalf of defendant Timothy Davis also states Columbus’ police department fails to properly supervise, monitor and discipline officers who use excessive force.

The filing additionally alleges that the department’s treatment of Davis during his Sept. 1 arrest continues a pattern of excessive force against civilians in Columbus, especially black ones.

Davis, 31, was arrested inside a Columbus convenience store earlier this month on a warrant alleging he assaulted a police officer last year.

Cellphone video of the incident showed law officers punching and kicking Davis as he was taken into custody.

Some Twitter users on Monday shared news of the lawsuit by posting pictures from the video of Davis’ arrest while others discussed the Columbus Police Department’s past behavior.

The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this month that Davis was charged with resisting arrest on Sept. 1 when plainclothes officers tried taking him into custody.

A four-minute video clip of Davis’ arrest shows two officers struggling with him as a third punches him five times in the back.

Davis resists orders from officers to put his hands behind his back so they can cuff him during the melee.

Several officers then join the fracas, leading to Davis losing his pants at one point as they jockey to get him under control.

Police eventually subdue Davis, but only after a prolonged battle including loud profanities and prolonged physical clashing.

Police demanded that the man who videotaped the confrontation on his cell phone relinquish the device but he refused to comply.

Davis has a violent criminal past, and he has been convicted for aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

The 31-year-old appeared at his first bond hearing earlier this month in a wheelchair, and protesters said he suffered kidney injuries while fighting police.

A Columbus, Ohio, officer was suspended after he was caught on tape making inappropriate remarks.

Columbus officer suspended for inappropriate remarks

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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