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Officer in Jamar Clark Shooting Previously Sued

One of two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Jamar Clark had a federal lawsuit filed against him four years ago.

Dustin Schwarze, then serving as a police officer in Richfield, allegedly deployed a Taser on the passenger of a vehicle pulled over by officers in the early morning hours of Dec. 11, 2011.

The lawsuit also accuses Schwarze of threatening to beat the alleged victim Nataniel Hanson, and a second passenger if they exited the vehicle.

Action on the lawsuit began in Hennepin County roughly 10 days before Clark was shot to death in north Minneapolis, according to U.S. District Court documents.

The lawsuit also names officers Nate Kinsey and Aric Gallatin, along with the city of Richfield as defendants.

Schwarze has been a member of the Minneapolis police force since Sept. 2014. He served with the Richfield Police Department for almost six years. In 2009, a judge dismissed a federal lawsuit that claims he forced a man to become a police informant through threats and false arrests.

According to Hanson’s complaint, he was riding in the back seat of a vehicle that was pulled over around 2:27 a.m. on Dec. 11, 2011. Schwarze allegedly made the driver take at least two field sobriety tests, and warned the two passengers that he would ‘beat the [expletive]” out of them if they exited the vehicle.

The suit alleges that Schwarze also pointed a Taser at Hanson. A short time later, a police sergeant approached the back seat with Schawarze, and ordered Hanson to exit the vehicle.

Thinking the contradictory claim might lead to an assault, Hanson stayed in the vehicle. He was then struck in the face by Kinsey with a closed fist, according to the suit. Hanson claims that Kinsey punched him in the face.

Read more at Star Tribune.