Lawsuit: Topeka police officer beat man, broke his jaw

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A black man alleges in a lawsuit that his face was bloodied and his jaw broken in a police beating in Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 35-year-old Timothy Harris sued Wednesday in federal court. The suit says Harris’ constitutional rights were violated in January after an officer approached him as he was sitting in his car. Harris says he was cooperative but that the officer detained him without explanation. The suit alleges that the officer took Harris to the ground, punched him and used pepper spray.

Harris was convicted of parallel parking too far away from the curb and interference with a law enforcement officer. A battery against a law enforcement officer charge was dismissed.

A city spokeswoman says the city doesn’t comment on potential litigation.

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