Appeals court rejects excessive force lawsuit

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit alleging Lexington police used excessive force while arresting a man with a nonverbal autism and a mental disability who died during the confrontation.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court decision dismissing the suit brought by the family of 21-year-old Ronald Campbell. Campbell died April 18, 2010 after police tried to arrest him after he stripped naked and destroyed property at Adult Daycare of Lexington, a group home for adults.

Judge David W. McKeague wrote for the court that police used only the force necessary to restrain Campbell.

McKeague wrote that no punches were thrown. At some point, Campbell fell unconscious and died.

Campbell’s estate settled with ADC and the ADC employees for an undisclosed amount.


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