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After Charges Against Him Are Dismissed, Bronx Man Files Civil Rights Suit Against NYPD

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Bronx man filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on Monday after he said he was beaten in his apartment at the hands of police last fall — an incident that was partially caught on video.

Luis Solivan, 19, was initially charged with assaulting an officer in his apartment. But a grand jury refused to indict him after watching a video shot by a neighbor, his lawyer said.

“Had this video not surfaced, Mr. Solivan could have gone to jail for a long time,” Earl Ward, another of Mr. Solivan’s attorneys, said in a statement.

Solivan says officers stormed into his apartment without a warrant and pepper-sprayed and beat him.

The officers accused Solivan of attempting to steal a gun, assault and resisting arrest, among other charges, according to the complaint.

"We're awaiting service of the legal complaint and will evaluate the claims thoroughly," said Muriel Goode-Trufant, chief of the city law department’s Special Federal Litigation Division, in a statement.

The minute-long video, shot by a neighbor and posted by the New York Times, appears to show two officers holding a man to the floor with one of them hitting the man in the head.

The police have not returned request for comment.

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