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Former Charleston Police Officer Accused of Excessive Force

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A former Charleston Police officer who resigned last year after being investigated for destruction of property is being accused in a lawsuit of unnecessarily using force against a man during an arrest.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that patrolman Brian Lightner is accused of battery after the lawsuit says Lightner deployed his stun gun five times on Diarra J. Boddy on Sept. 10, 2013. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

According to the lawsuit, Boddy had been complying with Lightner’s orders and was never given a warning before being hit.

Boddy is serving a 17-year jail sentence for the unlawful transport of firearms after a conviction last year.

Lightner resigned from the force after being accused of tossing a man’s backpack off a bridge in August 2014.

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