A Chicago man is claiming he was falsely charged, beaten and stun-gunned by police in south suburban Lansing in 2012.
Eric Greene, 48, claims he was walking to work on Nov. 20, 2012 and was near the corner of 171st and Grant streets in Lansing when he was approached by one of the eight defendant-officers named in the suit, which was filed Wednesday in federal court.
Greene stopped walking after the officer told him to come toward his vehicle.
The officer then got out of his vehicle, grabbed Greene and told him he was under arrest, the suit claims. He also called for back-up. Greene “pleaded” for a captain and for an explanation of why he was being arrested but was never given an answer, he claims.
After the rest of the seven named officers arrived, Greene was stun-gunned multiple times.
Greene claims officers jumped on him, smashed him into the ground and repeatedly kneed him in the back. They also punched Greene and twisted his arms, the suit alleges.
He claims he needed “significant” follow-up care for his injuries after spending some time in the hospital.
The suit claims Greene had done nothing wrong but was charged with four counts of resisting a peace officer, two counts of battery to a police officer and one count of obstruction. It also says Greene faced one count of criminal damage to property for allegedly breaking one of the officer’s key carabiner.
The status of this case was not known Wednesday night.
A spokesman for the Village of Lansing, also named as a defendant, said had not been reviewed as of Wednesday evening.
Greene claims he was unreasonably seized and falsely arrested in the four-count suit, which also claims excessive force.
He is asking for an unspecified amount in punitive damages, as well as compensation for legal fees.