No force on clown

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NEW YORK: A jury has ruled that New York City po­lice didn’t use ex­ces­sive force when they ar­rested a pro­fes­sional clown who left a sus­pi­cious de­vice that turned out to be a bal­loon in­fla­tor in­side a cof­fee shop.

Alexan­der Al­hovsky sued af­ter his ar­rest, which stemmed from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a sus­pi­cious pack­age. The bomb squad de­ter mined it was harm­less, but set up sur­veil­lance.

Al­hovsky went to the Star­bucks the next day and was ar­rested af­ter of­fi­cers saw he had a sim­i­lar de­vice. He said he was a clown and used it to in­flate bal­loons.

The ar­rest was voided when a search of Al­hovsky’s home found noth­ing sus­pi­cious, but he claimed he suf­fered in­juries. – Sapa-AP

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