Suit claims Joplin police used excessive force in arrest

4 months 3 days 19 hours ago February 21, 2017 Feb 21, 2017 Tuesday, February 21 2017 Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:53:00 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Joplin man alleged that police used excessive force in his 2015 arrest.

The Joplin Globe reported 46-year-old Joey Caulk named a current and former Joplin police officer as defendants in the suit filed last week in federal court in Springfield.

The city isn't named as a defendant.

The lawsuit said the two officers "used unnecessary, unreasonable and excessive force" against Caulk by pushing him down and smashing his head into the ground after his August 2015 arrest for a misdemeanor offense.

The document said Caulk required "emergency medical treatment and significant follow-up treatment" and that the video camera recorded what happened.

The Joplin Police Department declined comment, citing city policy regarding pending litigation.

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