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A Skokie man has filed a federal court suit claiming an Evanston police officer used excessive force when the officer repeatedly hit him in the head with the officer’s gun.

The suit stems from a March 1 incident in which police say officers were seeking a suspect in a retail theft at the Evanston Plaza shopping center.

In the federal court complaint filed Tuesday, an attorney for Abdul Ellijah Memminger claims Memminger was walking in Skokie when he was confronted, threatened at gunpoint and chased by the officer, who hit him in the head with the butt of his gun.

The complaint claims Memminger then ran from the officer to avoid further injury, but was caught near 8022 Kimball Avenue in Skokie where the officer hit him again in the head with the gun butt.

The suit also claims that other Evanston officers as well as ones from Skokie were at the scene and either kicked and hit Memminger or failed to stop the assault.

Memminger, the suit claims, was hospitalized and had to have an operation to put a plate in the left side of his head and to have plastic surgery to repair a tear to his right eye.

The suit seeks unspecified damages for excessive use of force, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Evanston police have placed an officer on administrative leave while the department conducts an internal investigation of the incident.

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Related document

Memminger v. Evanston complaint

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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