Apollo man accuses city police of using excessive force

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The city of Pittsburgh on Thursday moved to federal court a lawsuit filed by an Apollo man who accused police of breaking bones in his face in a 2010 encounter at Saddle Ridge in Station Square.

Taylor Condarcure, 26, was at Saddle Ridge with a group of about 30 friends in February 2010, according to the complaint, which attorney Margaret Schuetz filed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

When police told him he had to leave, he "responded that he hadn't done anything and asked why he was being ejected," the complaint said.

Pittsburgh police officers working a secondary detail for the bar punched him in the face, grabbed him from behind, took him down with a leg sweep and dragged him outside, it said. An officer pushed him into a wall, it said.

Mr. Condarcure was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, for which he was found not guilty. His cheek bone was broken in three places, and despite surgery he "still is not able to fully open his mouth," the complaint said.

City attorneys moved the case to federal court because it alleges violations of Mr. Condarcure's rights to free speech and due process and his right to be free from unlawful search and seizure.

The lawsuit against the city, six police bureau members, Station Square LLC and Saddle Ridge seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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