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Magistrate rules in favor of police in excessive force case

January 2, 2019

A federal magistrate has ruled against against a man who sued the city, alleging a Fort Wayne police officer used excessive force after he was arrested in 2016. 

Eddie Billingsley was handcuffed to a hospital bed Jan. 7, 2016, when he was struck twice in the head by Officer Darrell Caudill. The officer also “took (Billingsley’s) left arm over his head until it popped,” according to court documents. 

Billingsley sued Caudill and the city a year later in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne, seeking unspecified damages. 

Magistrate Susan Collins ruled Caudill acted reasonably “under the circumstances” in an order filed last month. 

Billingsley was arrested after Caudill and another officer were called to a downtown fast food restaurant, where a man said Billingsley threatened him with a knife. Billingsley was charged with felony battery in state court, but the case was thrown out a few months later when an Allen County judge found prosecutors were negligent when they failed to provide evidence to a defense attorney. 

mleblanc@jg.net

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