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Tulsa man alleges excessive force in suit against police for 2017 arrest

Jack Morris mugshot (TPD/KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A Tulsa man is suing police claiming they assaulted him, "doling out a severe beating" during a 2017 arrest.

Jack Morris was arrested in August 2017 for assaulting a police officer. At the time, police said he interfered with a search for a suspected car thief on his property. Court records show the charges were later dropped.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Morris alleges the arresting officers used excessive force, spraying him multiple times with pepper spray, knocking him down and pinning him chest down on the ground. He says he suffered multiple lacerations, contusions and scrapes as well as a fractured elbow, two fractured orbital bones and two fractures to his nose.

At the time, police said they were chasing a stolen car that stopped near Morris' property near 49th and Harvard. Officers set up a perimeter and Morris showed up, ignoring the barricade. They said he refused their commands and instead balled up his fists and began yelling at the officers.

Police said the officers tried to physically restrain Morris from getting to his property but Morris fought back, hitting one of the officers.

Morris' lawsuit says he was trying to get to his stable to calm his horse that was spooked by the police presence. He claims one of the officers involved is reportedly a mixed martial arts fighter with a history of excessive force/brutality claims against him.

Morris's suit alleges assault and battery, negligent use of excessive force and excessive use of force. He named the City of Tulsa, TPD Chief Chuck Jordan and Officers Brian Dupler, Anthony First and Kurt Dodd in the suit.

Morris is suing for actual, punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $150,000.

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