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Thomas and Suzanne Stevens file excessive force claims against South Bend


Thomas and Suzanne Stevens both filed claims of excessive force to the city of South Bend for injuries they say they suffered in an altercation with SBPD officer Aaron Knepper in March.

Thomas is seeking $350,000 in compensation, claiming Knepper used excessive force and cause him to suffer "brain injury and other injuries" by striking him repeatedly on the night of March 26. Suzanne is seeking $50,000, and claims Knepper stomped on her foot when she tried to intervene "to stop [Knepper] from seriously injuring or killing Thomas."

Both were charged by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office on Friday for their role in the altercation. Thomas faces seven counts overall, including three felonies for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug and Resisting Law Enforcement. Suzanne was charged with a misdemeanor count of Resisting Law Enforcement, which her claim alleges is retaliation for not complying with a police request for a search. The Prosecutor's office says Knepper will not be charged unless new evidence is presented.

Thomas and Suzanne Stevens' attorney informed the city of their intent to file an excessive force claim last week.

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