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Lawsuit claims BPD officers beat teen

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A civil lawsuit was filed against the Birmingham Police Department on behalf of a 17 year old Tuesday. It claims officers beat the teenager in April 2011.

According to the filing, the unnamed teenager was at a function at Boutwell Auditorium April 23, 2011 when fights broke out. The teen took cover under an eighteen wheeler until his mother arrived.

But the suit claims when he emerged, several unnamed Birmingham Police officers "negligently or wantonly attacked the plaintiff and struck and kicked him. One of the police officers sat on top of plaintiff with his knee on the plaintiff's neck. The Birmingham Police Department officers rubbed plaintiff's face against the gravel causing injury to his cheek."

The teen was released to his mother.

But the documents say the pair were later pulled over on 1-65 near Greensprings and the teen was arrested for disorderly conduct. His mother asked what her son did wrong and "an officer replied that he did nothing, 'he just ran.'"

The lawsuit claims the teen was denied his freedom by "unlawful detention." It also lists his injuries as lacerations; contusions to his face, neck, hand and legs and mental anguish.

A spokesperson for the Birmingham Police Department says only the legal department can comment on the case.