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Man alleges brutality by non-uniformed West Palm police

A Palm Beach County man is suing West Palm Beach over a 2014 incident in which he alleges he was brutalized by three non-uniformed police officers.

In a lawsuit filed Nov. 11 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Edgar Johnson alleges he was walking near U.S. 1 and 11th Street when the three “without warning, cause, provocation or justification, attacked, assaulted, battered, brutalized an threw the plaintiff to the cement sidewalk/street.”

The three are identified as officers Carlos Yermanos, Casey Goetz and Jerrel Negron.

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Police attempted to cover up the incident by reporting Johnson’s injuries as accidental, the suit alleges. They later went to the hospital where he was seeking help and tried “to intimidate the plaintiff by threatening him with arrest, should he report their actions,” it says.

The suit seeks unspecified damages over $15,000, saying he suffered permanent physical and mental injuries, hospital bills and loss of earnings.

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The city and department were negligent in failing to properly train or supervise the officers, the suit says. The three previously had been charged within the department for “multiple incidents of unlawful and excessive use of force” and should have been fired, it says.

Neither city officials nor Johnson’s attorney, Henry Kaye, returned requests for comment Monday.

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