Champaign denies allegations in man's excessive-force lawsuit

Champaign denies allegations in man's excessive-force lawsuit

CHAMPAIGN — As expected, the city of Champaign is denying allegations of excessive force and a cover-up by police officers in its response to a federal lawsuit brought by Alton Corey, who was injured during an arrest last fall.

In the incident, two officers were looking into a claim that Corey battered a woman in his apartment. Body-camera footage shows an argument develop between them and an agitated Corey, and as they try to subdue him, his head is slammed into a door.

Corey's lawsuit claims the officers arrested him on a charge of battery to a police officer to cover up their actions.

But in a court filing Tuesday, the city denied any misconduct. It said the use of force was appropriate because Corey was "unruly," "negligent" and "continuing to struggle."

Both sides are due in court July 20 to broker a schedule for filings and hearings.