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Man sues suburban Milwaukee police over beating

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee man has filed a lawsuit alleging that police in West Allis beat him two years ago after using a secret spy plane to track him down.

Reynaldo Narvaez drove away from an officer who tried to stop him for having tinted windows on March 22, 2018, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He lost the officer, parked in an alley and walked away.

But an “unknown police surveillance aircraft” was tracking him, according to the lawsuit. Officer Lucas Binter confronted him at gunpoint as he was walking down the sidewalk. Narvaez was unarmed and followed commands to get on the ground. Binter and officers Todd Kurtz and Jeffrey Zientek then kicked him in the head, stomped him and choked him before Officer Timothy Gold shocked him with a stun gun.

Narvaez ultimately pleaded guilty to fleeing and eluding law enforcement, as well as negligent driving. He was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.

The Journal Sentinel posted on its website what appears to be aerial surveillance footage of Narvaez’s arrest. The footage shows several figures, presumably police officers, closing in on someone in front of a house. The person lays down on the sidewalk and is surrounded. One person can clearly be seen kicking him in the head.

The footage is time-stamped March 21, 2018, a full day before Narvaez fled from police.

West Allis City Attorney Kail Decker told the newspaper that he hadn’t seen the lawsuit as of Wednesday and couldn’t comment on it. He said the city doesn’t own an airplane and didn’t know who might have provided aerial footage to police, adding that he wasn’t the city attorney in 2018.

Narvaez’s lawsuit claims officers used excessive force and other officers at the scene failed to stop the beating.

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