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Lawsuit Says IMPD, Marion Co. Sheriff's Deputies Used Excessive Force on Woman

Kim Townsend says some of her teeth were knocked out and she had torn ligaments. Police say they had to chase her down.

Fox News Radio contributed to this story

INDIANAPOLIS--A lawsuit against Indianapolis Metro Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Dept., claims a woman had teeth knocked out and torn ligaments after her arrest in January. She and her attorney say the police used excessive force. But, police say she led them on a chase and resisted.

Kim Townsend wants compensation for her medical bills.

Police say she took off after they stopped her at 33rd and Graceland on Jan. 6. The chase ended five miles away, on North Meridian, at the Julian Center. 

"I wasn't running away from them. That's where I lived," said Townsend. She said officers punched her and her attorney said she was thrown around like a rag doll.

"I felt a punch in the back of my head. I felt a kick to my face. I felt somebody stepping on my feet, stepping on my hands," said Townsend.

Townsend is facing charges of operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and resisting law enforcement, reported Fox News Radio.

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