Jury selected in trial for BRPD officer accused of using excessive force

Federal lawsuit against Baton Rouge Police officer begins

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A jury has been selected in a federal trial for a Baton Rouge police officer accused of knocking out a person's teeth. The jury of seven includes four men and three women.

Brett Percle wants Officer Robert Moruzzi and the Baton Rouge Police Department to pay for his medical bills in connection with an incident that happened on June 11, 2014.

Percle said he was editing music on a computer at a friend's home on Lila Street when suddenly there was a knock at the door. The Baton Rouge Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) was there to search the house for marijuana, according to a warrant.

"They came to us with the machine guns pointed at us, screaming to everyone to get onto the ground," Percle said.

Percle said one of the officers forced him to the ground, then stomped the back of his head.

"The kick caused my face to go into the ground. One of my teeth was completely de-rooted and three of my teeth were shattered," Percle said.

In court filings, the police department disputes Percle's claims.

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