White Plains, police dept. sued over excessive force claims

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The city of White Plains is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit that claims police used excessive force during a 2017 arrest of a 72-year-old man.

Charles Pateman is suing the city of White Plains and its police department on claims that he was assaulted in January 2017.  Pateman says he's got the video to prove it.

Pateman claims he was denied entry to a family member's apartment to resolve an argument when police took him into custody. He alleges that handcuffs were placed on him so tightly that it drew blood.

The city's attorney is seeking to dismiss claims of excessive force. Instead of a decision, a federal judge is now placing a two-week deadline to amend the complaint.

"I think they're in for a rude awakening," says Pateman's attorney, Randolph McLaughlin.

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