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Story by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
Published on Sunday December 26, 2010 - 11:27 AM
 
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EUGENE, Oregon A Springfield man claims Springfield police have used excessive force when they arrested him on Dec. 29, 2008. He's asking the department and the Lane County Jail to revise its policies regarding mentally-ill suspects in custody.

Mark A. Kemp claimes in the lawsuit that Springfield police officers used excessive force when he was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing at a gas station on Dec. 29, 2008. He seeks unspecified monetary damages and claims that deputies assaulted him in jail when he didn't respond to their orders.

Kemp is described as an intermittently homeless man who has lived in both Springfield and Eugene.