Chris Lollie files lawsuit against St. Paul cops, says 'It still hurts'

Less than two months after cell phone video of his rough arrest at the hands of St. Paul police went viral, attorneys representing Chris Lollie served a $500,000 lawsuit against three officers and the city.

"Mr. Lollie did not physically resist in any way while the Defendants held him against the wall and tasered him until he fell screaming to the ground," the lawsuit says. "Mr. Lollie did verbally protest the arrest and use of force by proclaiming his innocence, but he never physically resisted in the slightest."

During the morning of January 31, Lollie, 28, was sitting in a chair in a section of downtown St. Paul's skyway in the First National Bank Building waiting to pick up his kids while when a private security guard approached and asked him to leave. Lollie refused, police were summoned to the scene, and a conversation with an officer quickly escalated.

Lollie was arrested, but all charges filed against were dropped over the summer.

The lawsuit alleges police used excessive force and falsified reports about the incident.

Lollie's cell phone video can be seen here.

Reached for comment today, Lollie tells Fox 9, "Just talking about it brings up the same emotions that I felt that day."

"It still hurts," he continues. "I don't like watching the video."

Lollie says he's currently working as an intern at St. Paul's High School For Recording Arts and working on recording his own music.

"I graduated from there... all the staff know me, help me out, and keep me with a level head," he says. "Truth be told, this is very stressful. A conventional job is tough [because] people have opinions and seeing my face, want to share them."

Lollie says he would spend whatever money he receives from the lawsuit on his four kids.

"Whatever college they want to go to, I got to make sure my kids college fund is secure," he adds. "I'm worried more about my kids. After that, I'm not sure. I make music so it'll maybe be something I could use as far as my music goes, to get my music further out there."

Meanwhile, earlier today, St. Paul's Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission ruled that the officers involved in Lollie's arrest -- the lawsuit names them as Lori Hayne, Michael Johnson, and Bruce Schmidt -- didn't behave improperly during the January 31 incident.

"The PCIARC members looked at all facts of this investigation and after deliberation, they came back with findings of 'exonerated' on the allegations of improper procedures and excessive use of force," says a press release distributed by the commission, which is composed of five community members and two police officers appointed by Mayor Chris Coleman. "Chief Thomas Smith supports those findings."

Lollie, however, says he eventually expects to receive an apology of some sort from city and police officials.

"The video speaks for itself," he says. "It's just so obvious, I feel they'll come to terms and probably issue an apology. That's me being hopeful I guess."


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