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OSU Student Claims Brutality During Arrest, Sues Police
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- The city's police chief is among the targets of a lawsuit filed by an OSU student claiming he was unnecessarily beaten by officers during an arrest.
Joseph Hines is suing nearly a dozen people in connection with a Fall, 2012 arrest in which the now 21-year-old student claims he was hog-tied, beaten, and maced without proper cause.
Police claim they caught the then underage Hines with an alcoholic drink near campus, and pulled him to the ground when he tried to flee arrest.
Investigators also say Hines fought with officers after he was taken to the ground.
Hines federal lawsuit states that officers left permanent scars on his body via repeated punches, and refused to get off him after he informed them he could not breathe.
Hines -- who pleaded guilty to a littering charge and paid a $100 fine in connection with the incident -- is seeking at least $75,000 through the lawsuit.
The student denies the officers' accounts of his arrest.