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Suit: Man ‘Maliciously’ Attacked By Evanston, Skokie Police

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(STMW) — A north suburban man had to have a metal plate put into the left side of his head after being attacked by Evanston and Skokie police officers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Abdul Elijah Memminger of Skokie claims he was walking in Skokie on March 1 when he was confronted by two Evanston police officers, threatened at gunpoint, and later chased, according to the suit.

One of the Evanston officers caught up with Memminger and struck him with the butt of his gun, according to the suit.

Memminger then ran to another part of Skokie—in the 8000 block of Kimball Avenue—to avoid further injuries from the Evanston officers, the suit said. However, he was again hit by the same officer with the butt of his gun, the suit said.

A Skokie officer who arrived on scene physically attacked the plaintiff by kicking him, the suit said. It did not explain why Evanston officers approached Memminger while he was in Skokie.

Memminger was not charged with any crime and was taken to a hospital, where he required an operation to put a plate in the left side of his head, the suit claims. He also required plastic surgery to repair a tear in his right eye. He remained at the hospital for several days, the suit said.

The seven-count suit seeks unspecified damages for excessive force, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit names the Village of Skokie, the City of Evanston and the three officers.

“The City of Evanston does not comment on pending litigation,” spokeswoman Erika Storlie said.

Calls to the Village of Skokie, and both police departments were not immediately returned.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)