Man sues po­lice af­ter claim­ing he was left naked and in pain in cell overnight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A man who claims he was de­prived of med­i­cal care and left naked in an On­tario jail cell overnight two years ago has filed a law­suit against sev­eral Brant­ford, Ont., po­lice of­fi­cers, al­leg­ing they treated him dif­fer­ently be­cause of his race.

The law­suit filed by Philip Alafe also names Brant­ford Po­lice Chief Ge­off Nel­son and the Brant­ford Po­lice Ser­vices Board as de­fen­dants, say­ing they are re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of of­fi­cers on the force.

Alafe, 27, is seek­ing $2.5 mil­lion in dam­ages, al­leg­ing the of­fi­cers abused their power and used ex­ces­sive force, and the chief and board were neg­li­gent in their over­sight.

The Toronto man, who was born in Nigeria and came to Canada in 2010, was ar­rested on July 3, 2015 on charges re­lated to an al­leged dan­ger­ous driv­ing in­ci­dent that the claim says he be­lieved had been with­drawn.

An On­tario judge stayed the crim­i­nal charges against him ear­lier this year af­ter find­ing that the of­fi­cers in­volved had treated him egre­giously and breached his con­sti­tu­tional rights.

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