CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati says two Cleveland police officers aren’t immune from a lawsuit accusing them of excessive force in the apprehension of a teen with Down Syndrome.
The decision on Thursday from the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati involves a lawsuit filed by the teen and his family over an incident in 2010.
The family says a Cleveland officer slammed the 16-year-old against a vehicle and pinned him down for 15 minutes even though the officer later said the boy was trying to surrender.
The lawsuit says another officer watched but did nothing to intervene. The teen was let go soon after when the actual suspects were arrested.
A city of Cleveland spokesman declined to comment.
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