Occupy Charlottesville Accuses Police of Brutality

Protesters claim injuries suffered during clearing of Lee Park

Friday, Jan 6, 2012  |  Updated 4:43 PM EDT
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Charlottesville authorities are investigating claims of police brutality during an eviction of Occupy protesters from a city park.

Police Lt. Ronnie Roberts told The Daily Progress http://bit.ly/yJ7rrJ the investigation is nearing completion, but any disciplinary actions likely will not be released to the public because they would be personnel issues, he said.

Police arrested 18 Occupy Charlottesville protesters Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 on trespassing charges after they refused to leave Lee Park.

Two protesters who were arrested filed formal complaints. They said they suffered neck pain after officers put them in compliance holds.

One protester pleaded guilty to trespassing in mid-December. The others are scheduled to appear in Charlottesville General District court Jan. 27.

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