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Jury clears Brookings police in excessive force lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A federal jury has cleared the police department in Brookings of any wrongdoing in an excessive use of force lawsuit. The jury returned a verdict Friday in the case brought by 45-year-old Tamra Welbig against the city of Brook...

SIOUX FALLS (AP) - A federal jury has cleared the police department in Brookings of any wrongdoing in an excessive use of force lawsuit.

The jury returned a verdict Friday in the case brought by 45-year-old Tamra Welbig against the city of Brookings, its police chief and three officers over excessive force use and false allegations. Welbig filed the federal lawsuit in Sioux Falls after she was acquitted of assaulting a Brookings police officer.

Welbig's attorney, Rick Ramstad, is not satisfied with the verdict. He says "the jury was apparently unwilling to hold these officers accountable for their egregious actions."

Welbig, of Brookings, in her lawsuit argued officers unnecessarily slammed her to the floor and then wrongfully arrested her for a felony in 2012. The lawsuit claimed the officers conspired to hide their actions.

The city denied all allegations.

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