92-year-old minister sues over police treatment

The Associated Press

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SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — A 92-year-old minister is suing the city of Salisbury, saying unreasonable force was used when a police officer tackled him and broke two bones.

The Salisbury Post reported (http://bit.ly/1kHpEpo) the Rev. J.W. Loy Jr. filed the civil complaint last month in Rowan Superior Court. It involves an April 2013 incident at Salisbury Gardens, the assisted-living center where Loy lived at the time.

The court filing names Officer Chris Hamm as the officer who tackled Loy. Police had been called because center officials said Loy was uncooperative.

Defense attorney Scott MacLatchie says Loy fell when Hamm tried to grab the minister's cane. The lawsuit says Loy was holding his cane but never threatened the officer with it.

The lawsuit seeks at least $10,000 in compensatory damages.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com

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