Lawsuit: Police beat Maryland man, used racial slurs

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Posted: May 11, 2016 1:12 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has filed a lawsuit saying police officers wrongfully detained, beat and insulted him with racial slurs.

The Capital reports (http://bit.ly/24NXCQQ) Towhee Sparrow Jr. of Hyattsville sued the City of Annapolis and two city police officers Monday in federal court.

The lawsuit involves a June 2014 incident in which Sparrow says he was unlawfully detained, violently assaulted and called a racial epithet by officers who had mistaken him for a suspect they had been searching for.

Sparrow says the incident has left him with lasting injuries and is part of a larger pattern of abuse within the Annapolis Police Department.

City spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw says the city has not been served and has not seen the lawsuit. The police department declined to comment to the newspaper.

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Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/