Federal suit filed against Lafayette, LPD and officer

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette resident is seeking damages after he says police violated his civil rights and forcefully searched him without reason.

The suit was filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern Indiana on behalf of Andrew Phillips. Phillips says LPD officers Jeff Webb and Ron Dombkowski went to his home on Jan. 7, 2013 and asked to search the residence.

Phillips asked for a search warrant which he says the police did not have. Police then asked Phillips to talk to him outside, which he did. Police asked Phillips to consent to a search, but Phillips refused.

Phillips says after that Webb forcefully spun him around and patted him down without Phillips’ permission. Phillips says Webb’s search turned up nothing.

Phillips claims Webb violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Phillips also claims Webb committed battery.

Phillips’ attorney Kirk Freeman did not return News 18’s phone calls.

Lafayette Attorney Ed Chosnek says he is not aware of the filing and cannot comment until he is served.

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