Man Sues St. Paul Police, Claims Officers 'Stomped' His Head

Man Sues St. Paul Police, Claims Officers 'Stomped' His Head Photo: KSTP/File

October 20, 2017 05:43 PM

A man has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Paul and six of its police officers, claiming they used excessive force during a home search in 2011.

Michael Fleming filed the lawsuit against Officer Mike Dunaski, five unidentified officers and the city of St. Paul.


Fleming's lawyers argue that he was subject to unreasonable search and seizure.

According to the lawsuit, on Oct. 11, 2011, Fleming was visiting a group of people at an apartment on Edgerton Street when officers executed a search warrant there. Fleming was not connected to the case involving the search warrant.

Fleming's lawyers argue that he did not resist officers, but that Dunaski nevertheless hit him in the head with a shotgun. After Fleming fell to the ground, Dunaski and the other officers began to kick his head, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also claims Fleming was struck by a flashlight and tasered, even though he never resisted officers.

Fleming was taken to Regions Hospital that evening and was kept there for three days for treatment of his injuries. He is seeking $750,000 in damages from each defendant in the case.


Ben Rodgers

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