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Officer in Clark shooting accused of excessive force in earlier Richfield case.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The latest in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a black man by Minneapolis police that has sparked more than a week of demonstrations (all times local): Prosecutors in Minnesota must soon decide whether to file charges against four men arrested last week after shots were fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a black man by police. MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – Ten days before a Minneapolis police officer was involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark, the officer was sued for excessive force. Dustin Schwarze, then serving as a Richfield police officer, is alleged to have deployed a Taser on the passenger of a vehicle pulled over by officers early on the morning of Dec. 11, 2011. The lawsuit concerns the use of a Taser in the arrest of a man in 2011, when Officer Dustin Schwarze still worked for the Richfield Police Department. District Court documents, action on the lawsuit began in Hennepin County on or about Nov. 5 — 10 days before Clark was shot to death in north Minneapolis.

The suit alleges Schwarze told Hanson and another passenger in the vehicle “that if they exited the vehicle, he would ‘beat the s—- out of’ them.” However, Hanson claims another officer told him to leave the car, resulting in confusion. During the confusion, Hanson alleges another officer, Nate Kinsey, punched him in the face before officers pulled Hanson out from the back of the car.

Schwarze put the driver through one or more field sobriety tests, and also warned the two passengers that he would “beat the [expletive]” out of them if they got out of the vehicle. Next, according to the complaint, Schwarze “removed the cartridge from his Taser, held the trigger down, and delivered drive stuns” multiple times to Hanson. Tim Phillips, an attorney for Hanson, sent a statement to Fox 9 saying: “We are optimistic that a jury will return a verdict in favor of our client. This is why many people see the police as a force that terrorizes people with apparent impunity.” This is the second known lawsuit filed against Schwarze.

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