Closing arguments set to begin in BRPD excessive force trial

Closing arguments set to begin in BRPD excessive force trial
Updated: Mar. 9, 2016 at 9:36 PM CST
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(Source: Brett Percle)
(Source: Brett Percle)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Closing arguments will be heard Thursday in a federal civil case alleging excessive force by the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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

Percle claims that during a raid at a house two years ago, Moruzzi stomped on the back of his head, knocking out his teeth.

Percle, who was visiting a friend's house, said he was also subject to a full strip and cavity search. Two people inside the home were arrested, but Percle was never charged.

Corporal Moruzzi claims Percle dove to the ground when the SRT entered the house, and that is how his teeth got knocked out.

The lead detective on the case, Jason Acree, testified that the search was standard procedure when narcotics warrants are served. Acree is also named in the suit.

The Investigators have requested to see BRPD's policy on search and seizures.

Closing arguments are expected to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday in federal court.

This is the first case alleging excessive force against BRPD to go to trial in several years.

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