MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the Minneapolis police officers involved in a black man’s fatal shooting is accused in a lawsuit of using excessive force during an arrest four years ago.
Court documents show the lawsuit against Dustin Schwarze was filed about 10 days before the Nov. 15 shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. The case was moved last Tuesday from Hennepin County District Court to U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit alleges that Schwarze, who was working as a Richfield police officer, used a stun gun on a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by officers in Richfield in December 2011. It also accuses Schwarze of threatening to beat that passenger and another if they exited the vehicle.
Two other officers and the city of Richfield also are named in the lawsuit.