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KSNT News obtains video in disturbance that sparked lawsuit

Editor’s note: The city clerk released the body camera footage in this case. The initial headline for this story inaccurately reported police released the video.

KSNT News obtained body cam video of an altercation January 23rd involving Topeka Police Officer, Christopher Janes and suspect, 34-year-old Timothy Harris.

The lawsuit claims Janes approached Harris’ car and started questioning him. According to the lawsuit, Janes then detained and handcuffed Harris without explanation. We have released the entire nine-minute video. Some of this is graphic and disturbing.

While Harris was on the ground, the lawsuit claims Janes punched him repeatedly and sprayed him with pepper spray. 

You can watch the full body cam video here. 

In the lawsuit, Harris claims his jaw was broken as a result of the altercation with Janes. 

The lawsuit also alleges the Topeka Police Department did not properly train the officer on the use of force, de-escalation techniques and other practices and policies. 

Harris is represented by attorney Andrew M. Stroth. Stroth also represented the family of Dominique White. White was shot and killed by two Topeka Police officers in September of 2017.

Stroth said, “the video speaks for itself.”

Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran said that officer Janes is on duty. The chief said the case was in January and has been through the process to include court where the subject pleads to two charges.

Municipal court records indicate that on January 23rd, Harris plead guilty to unlawful parallel parking and interference with the law enforcement process. Dismissed were charges of battery against a law enforcement officer and disobeying a police officer.