OSU Student Files Excessive Use Of Force Suit Against Columbus Police

Dec 19, 2013

Columbus police officers accused of using excessive force on an Ohio State University student admit punching him up to seven times, spraying mace in his face, and hog-tying him, but say they did nothing wrong.

21-year-old Joseph Hines filed a lawsuit in October for an August 2012 incident that left him unconscious and caused a three-day hospitalization and permanent scarring. The officers say their actions came during an arrest and they should be immune from being sued. Hines was arrested after police say he was drinking with other students near the student union. Hines denied drinking and pleaded guilty to littering.