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Man Claims PF Police Brutality (w/Video)

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A Post Falls man filed a half-million-dollar lawsuit against the Post Falls Police Department this week for injuries he sustained during a January 2005 arrest. Bradley Platt, 37, (pictured) filed the police brutality suit in Kootenai County’s 1st District Court this week, alleging he was “tackled and struck repeatedly in the face and head” by Officer Erik K. Andersen, causing injuries and physical disfigurement. Some of Platt’s teeth were knocked out by the force of his face hitting the asphalt. Though court records don’t specify the nature of Platt’s injuries, photocopied pictures in the court file show a black eye, lacerations to his chin and upper lip and missing teeth. Andersen pulled Platt over just after midnight on Jan. 23, 2005, for failing to yield at a red light – a misdemeanor offense. Platt was charged with DUI, driving without privileges, obstructing an officer and eluding an officer. All charges were dropped after Platt’s public defender filed a motion to dismiss the case based on Andersen’s alleged “outrageous conduct.” Post Falls City Prosecutor Joel Ryan, who dismissed the charges, did not return calls Friday — Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-Review.

Question: After viewing the clip, do you believe Post Falls police officers treated the driver too roughly?

Originally posted at 9:19 p.m. Friday

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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