Updated 08/24/2011 05:24 PM
Lawsuit filed in alleged police brutality case
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There are new developments in an alleged police brutality case in Syracuse. The attorney representing Edward Jones has filed a lawsuit in federal district court claiming excessive force.
Edward Jones, 25, says his head was shoved into a police car by a Syracuse Police officer. This video was uploaded to YNN's Facebook page.
The officer involved has not been identified, but the incident happened on Park Street last month. Tuesday, the Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said no criminal charges would be filed.
Fitzpatrick said Jones's injuries aren't sufficient to qualify as a crime, but noted he the officer's actions were not consistent with training and will face punishment that will be "substantial." His attorney said he has sent a letter to the DA requesting the case be reopened.
"We want there to be accountability and we want the public to also demand accountability. To say this isn't right. God forbid that this happened to someone else's son or daughter or family member and there was no video," said Edward Jones's Attorney Bryan Konoski.
The lawsuit seeks $500,000 in compensatory damages, and up to $1 million in punitive damages.