Court says Ohio officers used excessive force

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CINCINNATI - An appeals panel says three northeastern Ohio officers used excessive force in a deadly encounter with a naked and unarmed college student.

The Tuesday ruling from the three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati clears the way for a lawsuit filed by the mother of 19-year-old William Parker Martin.

Martin died after an August 2007 struggle with police in Broadview Heights in which the officers are accused of tackling, punching and kneeing him, and using their body weight to hold him down.

Tanya Martin's lawsuit accuses the officers of purposefully trying to hurt Martin even as he struggled to breathe, and seeks a minimum of $400,000.

The officers had argued that they acted properly and should be immune from the lawsuit.

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