ACLU files excessive force lawsuit against former Kansas City police officer

KMBZ News Staff
October 04, 2018 - 4:16 pm


Kansas City, MO -  A lawsuit has been filed against a former Kansas City police officer over use of force when a man was taken into custody in December 2013.

The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit on behalf of Joshua Bills, who was stopped for matching a vague description of a suspicious person in the area.

The ACLU said Bills was approached by five officers in the 2100 block of East 34th Street on Dec. 6, 2013.

Officer Jordan Nelson grabbed one of his arms and kicked his legs out from under him.

Video shows Bills hitting the ground.

The ACLU said Nelson never tried to put Bills in handcuffs or ask him to put his hands over his head or behind his back before the takedown.

"No one should have to go through the physical and emotional pain I experienced from this incident,” Bills said in a news release. "I posed no threat to the police and was standing calmly with my arms out when I was slammed into the ground."

The ACLU said Nelson’s actions violated Bills' Fourth Amendment rights.

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