KCPD Officer Target of Excessive Force Lawsuit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City Missouri Police officer is facing a lawsuit after a man claims that he used excessive force in an arrest captured on the officer's dashboard camera last year.

Carlos McCain claims Officer Brandon Hunter used too much force, leaving him bruised and bloody following a routine traffic stop in August 2010.

McCain also names the Kansas City, Missouri Police Board and current Kansas City Police Chief Darrel Forte in the lawsuit, claiming that they knew about previous complaints about Hunter and did nothing to stop him.

Hunter has never been charged with a crime, but has been accused of excessive force three times over the past several years -- one of those cases was settled out of court by the department.

According to the dash cam footage, Hunter told McCain he pulled him over because he couldn't read McCain's license plates. In the footage, McCain begins cursing and is then asked to get out of his car by Hunter.

A moment later, McCain is in handcuffs and asking why.

"You weren't following my verbal commands," said Hunter on the video.

"I didn't do nothing, dog," replied McCain, who quickly followed up with, "I'm glad you got dash cam, 'cause I'm gonna sue your (expletive)."

The department declined to comment to FOX 4, citing department policy on pending litigation.

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