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Parkersburg man files federal suit against city

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive force was used against him while he was in the custody of Parkersburg police.

John Michael Sadler of Parkersburg filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

The lawsuit alleges Sadler's rights were violated after patrolman Jay Hart arrested Sadler on a drunken driving charge in August. Sadler claims he was choked and punched while handcuffed and being processed.

The lawsuit names Hart, the city of Parkersburg, its police chief and mayor and two other police officers as defendants.

Hart didn't have a listed telephone number. Police Chief Joseph Martin and Mayor Robert Newell didn't immediately return telephone messages Thursday.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was first reported by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (


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