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Lawsuit claims Topeka Police officer beat and broke man’s jaw during arrest

A Topeka man filed a lawsuit against a Topeka police officer, along with the City of Topeka, after he claimed the officer beat him and broke his jaw.

Timothy Harris, 34, filed the lawsuit against officer Christopher Janes after an interaction on Jan. 23. 

The lawsuit claims Janes approached Harris’ car and started questioning him. According to the lawsuit, Janes then detained and handcuffed Harris without explanation.

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

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 officer on the use of force, de-escalation techniques and other practices and policies.

Janes was involved in a crash in July while in his police cruiser. 

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.