By Brian Lazenby
Lawyers today selected eight men and four women to hear a civil case in federal court of a Chattanooga man accusing Chattanooga police officer Michael Wenger of brutality during a December 2003 arrest.
The lawsuit, filed by Christopher Tate, claims Mr. Wenger and other officers broke four of Mr. Tate’s ribs, broke his cheekbone, his nose and caused a collapsed lung, multiple contusions and hemorrhaging. The lawsuit claims Mr. Tate was hospitalized for seven days.
Chattanooga lawyer Gerald Tidwell said Mr. Tate was fleeing from officers and resisting arrest. He denies that his client used excessive force.
Mr. Tate, who also names the city of Chattanooga as a defendant, is seeking $1.5 million in damages.
Lawyers are expected to present opening arguments this afternoon.
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