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Jury sides with Columbus police in improper use of force trial

The trial stemmed from the 2017 arrest of Timothy Davis. His lawyers claims officers punched and kicked Davis during the arrest.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A jury on Wednesday rejected civil rights violations allegations by a man who accused officers in Ohio's capital city of using improper force when they arrested him more than four years ago.

Lawyers for Timothy Davis said Columbus police officers verbally abused, punched, and kicked Davis as well as pulled his hair out and stripped him naked from the waist down during the September 2017 arrest.

A lawsuit also accused officers of trying to block bystanders from filming the arrest.

The city denied the allegations, saying police acted properly when they arrested Davis on several warrants for violent crimes including assaulting an officer. The city also denied officers tried to block filming the arrest.

The jury issued a verdict denying all claims against nine officers and the city of Columbus.

The city has acknowledged that remarks by an officer at the scene were “inappropriate” but said the officer wasn’t involved in taking Davis into custody.

“I’m going to choke the life out of you,” the officer said at one point, referring to how he would have handled the arrest.

City Attorney Zach Klein released a statement, saying: "We're grateful for the jury who took their time to consider all of the facts and evidence when deciding this case, and we respect their decision."

Messages were left Wednesday with Davis' attorney seeking comment.

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