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Suit: Harvey police beat man, broke his legs

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Photos of Green's injuries attached to lawsuit. Photos of Green's injuries attached to lawsuit.
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Harvey and multiple police officers, claiming the officers beat him and broke both of his legs at a bar last year.

Sandreano Green filed the excessive force suit in U.S. District Court Friday, claiming the officers beat him, broke his legs, denied him medical care and falsely charged him with crimes to justify their actions.

According to the suit, Green was at Larry’s Lounge, 295 E. 147th St. in Harvey, with his girlfriend on April 13, 2013, when he ordered a drink and then realized he had left his money in his car in the parking lot.

When he told the bar’s owner he needed to go get the money to pay for the drink, the suit claims she accused him of trying to steal the drink and had a security guard escort him to the exit and detain him by holding him by the arm.

While Green’s girlfriend went to get the money, Harvey police officers responding to the incident began to arrive at the bar, according to the suit.

One of the officers told Green to put his hands behind his back, and when he asked whether he was being arrested, he was knocked to the ground and hit repeatedly by at least one of the officers, the suit claims.

He was beaten until he urinated on himself and he suffered a break in his right leg and a fracture in his left, according to the suit.

Green was unable to walk because of his injuries and the officers dragged him to a police car and then later dragged him into the police station and threw him into a cell, according to the suit. The suit claims the officers ignored Green’s repeated requests for medical care until a sergeant finally agreed to call an ambulance.

The suit claims Green was charged with battery, theft of services, resisting arrest and destruction of property, but the charges were dropped nearly seven months later when one of the officers declined to testify at his trial.

The 10-count suit accuses the officers of excessive force, assault and battery, false arrest and denial of medical attention, among other charges. It also holds the City of Harvey and the Harvey Police Department responsible for the officers’ actions.

The suit is seeking an unspecified amount of money in compensatory damages, in addition to legal fees and punitive damages against individual officers.

A representative for the City of Harvey could not immediately be reached for comment on the suit Friday afternoon.

--Contact: Atty. Ruth Z. Brown, (312) 243-5900

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