CR man files suit against IC police for excessive force

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 10, 2011 7:10 AM

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A Cedar Rapids man is suing the city of Iowa City, the state of Iowa, and two police officers after they allegedly abused him while performing a parole check on his roommate.

In February 2009, Marcus Blazek said he heard loud noises in his apartment and left his room in a towel to check on the commotion. When he opened the door, he said, he saw several law-enforcement officers in the hallway running toward his room with their guns drawn.

Blazek said the two officers, Juan Santiago and Dan Roth, pushed him into his room, ordered him to his bed, threw him to the floor, and proceeded to handcuff him without allowing him to get dressed.

As a result of the violence, Blazek said, he had a complete tear of the right rotator cuff tendon, contusion of the right shoulder, closed separation of the right acromioclavicular shoulder joint and an ankle sprain with medial chip.

Blazek has demanded a trial by jury.

— by Michelle McConnaughey

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