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Timothy Davis Sues Columbus Police For Excessive Force

Columbus police officer struggle to subdue Timothy Davis during a September 1 arrest.
Mike Woodson Levey

A federal lawsuit alleges Columbus Police used excessive force when they arrested Timothy Davis earlier this month, an incident caught on cellphone video.

Video appeared to show multiple officers kicking and punching Davis while yelling profanities, after Davis seems to ignore officers' instructions to put his hands behind his back. At one point, Davis' pants and boxers get pulled down.

The lawsuit,filed Sunday in Columbus on behalf of Davis, also accuses the police department of continuing a pattern of excessive force against civilians and in particular black residents.

Davis' lawsuit says the department also fails to properly supervise, monitor and discipline officers who use excessive force.

The City of Columbus, Columbus Police and officers Joseph Bogard and Matthew Baker are named as defendants in the suit.

In the September 1 incident, officers attempted to arrest Davis inside a Columbus convenience store on a warrant alleging he assaulted an officer last year.

Messages were left with Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus Police. Previously, police spokesperson Sgt. Dean Worthington said use of force depends on a suspect's behavior and department policy does allow for punching and kicking.

Davis' lawsuit is just the latest in complaints and legal actions against Columbus Police. Another lawsuit against the department was filed by the family of Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, who was fatally shot by two officers in Franklinton in July.

Jones' family argues that Jones did not present a threat to police, who said he appeared to reach for a gun in his waistband. Their lawsuit alleges Columbus Police have practices and policies that allow for unreasonable force.

Columbus Police launched two investigations following Davis' arrest, one of which focuses on the use of force by the arresting officers.

A second was launched into the conduct of officer Joseph Bogard, who was not involved in the arrest but was caught on body camera making "inappropriate and unprofessional comments." Bogard was removed from patrol duties.'

Both investigations are expected to take several weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gabe Rosenberg joined WOSU in October 2016. As digital news editor, Gabe reports breaking news and edits all content for the WOSU website, as well as manages the station's social media accounts.