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Judge denies Illinois man’s case alleging police retaliation

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A judge has denied an Illinois man's complaint that accused police officers of retaliating against him after he settled a separate excessive force lawsuit against a former officer from another city.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric Long decided last Friday that Urbana officers acted reasonably when they arrested Benjamin Mann twice in 2017.

Mann had filed the lawsuit alleging police were retaliating because Mann, who is black, won a $225,000 settlement from the city of Champaign over a white former officer's excessive use of force against him. But the News-Gazette reports Long concluded there was no evidence of retaliation.

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