Ball State police still face excessive force lawsuit

A federal judge’s recent ruling means Ball State University will have to settle or defend itself at trial in a two-year-old civil rights lawsuit filed by a hip-hop artist.

The (Muncie) Star Press reported that the judge dismissed claims by Djuane McPhaul, aka Juan Da God, that Ball State police falsely arrested him and deleted a cell phone video he shot of the incident. But the judge declined to throw out his claim that university police used excessive force against him.

McPhaul was arrested in April 2013 for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest after university police say he prevented officers from administering a field sobriety test to his friend.

McPhaul is representing himself in the lawsuit. He's seeking $200,000 in damages and wants the officers to be fired.

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