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Plaintiff in wrongful arrest lawsuit asking for new trial

| Sep 19, 2012 | Criminal Charges |

The Pittsburgh man who badly beaten by three police officers after they arrested him for supposedly loitering and resisting arrest is asking the court for a retrial of his civil suit for wrongful arrest. The man’s original lawsuit ended with a hung jury in August, leaving the door open for some of the charges to be raised against the officers in a second trial.

We previously discussed this case of alleged wrongful arrest in our Aug. 13 blog post. The plaintiff, a 20-year-old African American man, was walking to his grandmother’s house one night in January 2010 when a car with three white plainclothes police officers pulled up to the curb. The officers, who did not identify themselves, asked the plaintiff for money, drugs or a gun, a common police tactic in Pittsburgh.

Believing he was about to be robbed, the plaintiff ran away. The officers chased him and handcuffed him after a struggle. According to the original lawsuit, the officers then chocked the man and beat him on the head, giving him brain injuries that persist to this day. After the beating, the lawsuit said, the officers filed charges of loitering, prowling at night, resisting arrest and assault. All charges were later dropped.

The plaintiff later filed suit against the officers for wrongful arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution. At trial, the jury found the officers not guilty on the malicious prosecution but could not reach a verdict on the excessive force and wrongful arrest counts. On Sep. 11, the plaintiff filed a petition with the court asking for a new trial date to pursue the remaining two charges.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Man petitions court for new civil trial against Pittsburgh police,” Rich Lord, Sep. 12, 2012

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