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MetiNews.Com - A black man is suing the Georgia police department over claims they violated his civil rights by wrongfully arresting him with excessive force. Body camera footage acquired by the Valdosta Daily Times shows the moment Antonio Arnelo Smith was arrested by the city's Police Department on February 8. According to the lawsuit, police were responding to reports that a man

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MetiNews.Com - A black man is suing the Georgia police department over claims they violated his civil rights by wrongfully arresting him with excessive force. Body camera footage acquired by the Valdosta Daily Times shows the moment Antonio Arnelo Smith was arrested by the city's Police Department on February 8. According to the lawsuit, police were responding to reports that a man

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Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences A black man is suing the Georgia police department over claims they violated his civil rights by wrongfully arresting him with excessive force. Body camera footage acquired by the Valdosta Daily Times shows the moment Antonio Arnelo Smith was arrested by the city's Police Department on February 8. According to the lawsuit, police were responding to reports that a man was asking customers for money outside a pharmacy. Officers found two suspects who fit the description. One of them had an outstanding arrest warrant and the other suspect was Mr Smith. The video shows the officer approach Mr Smith and ask him about "suspicious activity" taking place in the area. Antonio Smith says the use of a bear hug to arrest him was 'excessive force' (AP) Mr Smith cooperates with the police enquiries and explains that he was waiting in the pharmacy for his sister to wire him some money. He asks the officer to call his sister in Florida and says "don't do this" before another officer comes up behind Mr Smith, wraps him in a bear hug and slams him down to the ground. The 46-year-old can be heard yelling "Oh my god, you broke my wrist" as two more officers arrive at the scene and hold him down. One of the officers acknowledges that Mr Smith's wrist "might be broke", as his colleague realises that they have got the wrong man. A still image from body camera video released by the Valdosta police of officers who are accused of wrongfully arresting Antonio Smith (AP) Mr Smith was released without any charges. He is now suing all four officers involved in the arrest, Valdosta's Police Chief Leslie Manahan, Mayor Scott James Matheson and some council members. Mr Smith's attorneys asked for $700,000 (£565,000) in a proposed settlement before the lawsuit was filed in the US District Court. His lawyers say the claim is not just about money, but that Mr Smith is also calling for a commitment by the Valdosta Police Department to reform. It comes after protests around the world against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, who died after an officer knelt on his neck while he was restrained.

." Mr Smith claims his wrist has never fully healed (AP) Nathaniel Haugabrook, one of Mr Smith's attorneys told the Associated Press: "When you see that video, you can't help but say this is a travesty. Nobody should be done that way." Mr Haugabrook said that it was a civil rights case, adding: "Obviously it has some racial tones to it.” After the incident Mr Smith went to hospital where he was fitted with a sling and was told he would need physical therapy for his injury. The responding officers said in a statement that Mr Smith was "standing with a 'bladed' stance" and that he argued and debated with the officers. 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AFP via Getty Images 21/21 An injured demonstrator is helped away in Paris AFP via Getty Images 1/21 A banner and a US. flag are placed on the Monument a la Republique in Paris REUTERS 2/21 Protesters in Perth Australia Getty Images 3/21 Speakers at the Black Lives Matter Rally at Langley Park in Perth Getty Images 4/21 Police officers are seen during a protest against police brutality and the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, in Paris REUTERS 5/21 Perth protests Getty Images 6/21 Speakers take to the stage during the Black Lives Matter Rally in Perty Getty Images 7/21 Protesters show their support during the Black Lives Matter Rally at Langley Park in Perty Getty Images 8/21 Demonstrators march through the streets in Perth AFP via Getty Images 9/21 Demonstrators march through the streets in Perth AFP via Getty Images 10/21 Demonstrators march through the streets in Perth AFP via Getty Images 11/21 Demonstrators march through the streets in Perth Getty Images 12/21 Demonstrators march through the streets in Perth Getty Images 13/21 Thousands of people take part in a demonstration against police brutality and racism in Paris AP 14/21 French riot police forces detain a protester during a rally as part of the 'Black Lives Matter' AFP via Getty Images 15/21 French riot police forces detain protesters AFP via Getty Images 16/21 The crowds in Paris AFP via Getty Images 17/21 A man wearing a protective face mask and googles walks past a broken store window in Paris REUTERS 18/21 Assa Traore (C), the sister of Adama Traore, who died in police custody in 2016 in Paris AFP via Getty Images 19/21 Protesters hold flares as they stand next to a banner reading 'Confronted to police brutality - Self defence' in Paris AFP via Getty Images 20/21 A house facade with a graffiti against police in Paris. AFP via Getty Images 21/21 An injured demonstrator is helped away in Paris AFP via Getty Images Sergeant Billy Wheeler, who is identified in the lawsuit as the officer who held the 46-year-old man in a bear hug, said in his report: "Based on what I observed and believing this person to have a warrant for his arrest, I grasped his right wrist. "I felt Smith tense up and begin to pull away from me. At that time, I wrapped my arms around Smith in a 'bear hug'". He claims that when Mr Smith did not comply with his orders to put his arms behind the back, the sergeant pulled him off-balance and "rolled him to the ground to gain control of him in anticipation of a warrant arrest." Read more Couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside mansion Crowds fill London streets for Pride 2020 and Black Lives Matter 'Am I the black spokesperson?': Dizzee Rascal shuts down Piers Morgan The federal lawsuit was issued on June 19 and the city of Valdosta issued a statement three days later saying police are conducting an internal investigation. A city spokeswoman, Ashlyn Johnson, said in a statement: “The City of Valdosta and the Valdosta Police Department take any report of any injury to a citizen seriously."

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