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Family says officer went too far during arrest


A South Bend man is in police custody, in the hospital, after an altercation with police.

Now, his family is raising questions about whether officers went too far during the arrest of Thomas Stevens.

Stevens' step son, James Greggory Aldridge Jr, is very upset.  He said his step dad is still at Memorial Hospital in a coma and police aren't allowing any family members to visit because Stevens is under police custody.

"It blew my mind."  That's what James Greggory Aldridge Jr says his reaction was when he learned his step dad, Thomas Stevens, was in the hospital after an altercation with police.

Aldridge Jr said, "I got a phone call 11:30-12 p.m. saying that something happened to him and his mother and I went immediately to the hospital.  They would not let me in they would not let me see what's going on"

Aldridge Jr said the last time he saw his step-dad was when he shot video of him remodeling his house.

Now, a few days later, he's worried about his step dad's condition.  "We're still not sure if he's going to make it or not."

South Bend Police said an officer tried to pull Stevens over for near the corner of Sunnymede and Twyckenham for a traffic stop Tuesday night.  But the officer said Stevens kept driving to his home, which if you're in the area, you'll notice is just a few houses away from where the officer tried to pull him over.

Police said the officer tried to arrest Stevens and somehow Stevens was injured in the process. Police won't say how.

Now family members have questions for the officer involved.  "Why? Can you explain to me in front of God what you really did," said Aldridge Jr.

Stevens' mother Suzanne was also arrested at the home for resisting arrest and battery to an officer.  She's been released.

Aldridge Jr says what the family wants now is to see Stevens in the hospital.  "It's heartbreaking, he can't hear us, can't see him, can't hold his hand."

Metro Homicide is now investigating.

According to police, the officer involved is Aaron Knepper.   His name has come up before.  Police said he's named in two unresolved lawsuits.

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