FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – A Fort Wayne man has rejected an offer to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed nearly two years ago against the city and seven police officers, according to The Journal Gazette.
Dellis M. Baskin, 31, filed the lawsuit after he and a friend rode a motorcycle through a cloud of pepper spray back in July 2014. He says after stopping, a group of Fort Wayne officers told him to “watch out”.
The lawsuit says officers pushed Baskin’s friend off the motorcycle. The officers also noticed Baskin had a gun, for which he had a permit, and allegedly kneed him several times, used a stun gun on his leg and handcuffed him.
Baskin was taken to the hospital and claims he could not walk for several hours.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, but was found not guilty in a jury trial in December 2015.
Baskin did not specify the amount offered for a settlement this week, but claims it is not enough. He would like at least six figures, or he will take the case to trial next month.