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Bail bondsman's civil rights suit against Warren Police set for trial

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A January 13 trial date is set for a bail bondsman's claims that Warren city police violated his civil rights in 2009.

A federal judge ruled on Monday that there is some merit to Dwayne Lacey's claim that city police officers detained him for too long during an investigation into a reported abduction.

The Newton Falls bail bond agent claims he was questioned, handcuffed and detained for 12 minutes by three city police officers.

As it turned out, Lacey was in the process of apprehending a woman who failed show up for a court appearance.

The judge says dashcam video clearly showed that Lacey was wearing a badge identifying him as a bail bondsman, and officers could have inspected Lacey's wallet earlier in the process to establish his ID.

However, the judge rejected Lacey's other claims that officer John Yurichek used excessive force; that the white officer selectively enforced the law because Lacey is African American; and that the city failed to adequately train the arresting officers.

The lawsuit seeks $25,000 in damages.


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