More testimony heard in trial for BRPD officer accused of using excessive force

Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 12:37 AM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2016 at 1:03 AM CST
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(Source: Brett Percle)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - More testimony wrapped up as in the second day of a federal civil trial against a Baton Rouge police officer accused of knocking out a person's teeth during a raid in 2014. Brett Percle, the alleged victim, and Robert Moruzzi, the officer in question, both took the stand Tuesday.

It is the first case alleging excessive force against the Baton Rouge Police Department to go to trial in several years.

Percle wants Moruzzi and BRPD to pay for his medical bills in connection with an incident that happened on June 11, 2014.

Percle claims that during the raid at a Baton Rouge house by the BRPD Special Response Team (SRT), Officer Robert Moruzzi stomped on the back of his head, knocking out his front teeth.

He claims he was made fun of by other officers on the scene and unlawfully strip searched, but never arrested or charged with anything.

Percle also claims he was denied medical assistance.

Moruzzi testified earlier Tuesday that Percle screamed loudly when he was told to be quiet and get on the ground. He also said that Percle dove to the ground and that he would have no reason to kick Percle.

Moruzzi acknowledged he saw blood when Percle was handcuffed on the floor of the house.

A psychologist and dentist also testified Tuesday via video about treating Percle, the cost and possible future costs of treatments from those injuries.

Brett Percle filed the lawsuit which names Moruzzi, Officer Jason Acree as well as Police Chief Carl Dabadie among others.

Acree, who is also named in the suit, was the narcotics investigator who initially called for the search on the home.

Testimony is expected to wrap up Wednesday.

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