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Man files federal lawsuit after taking jail beating from Bridgeton police

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This split photo shows injuries Phillip Billingham, 26, sustained after he was beaten in 2009 while jailed in the Bridgeton, Missouri for drunken driving. Billingham has filed a federal lawsuit over the beating. By KMOV Web Producer This split photo shows injuries Phillip Billingham, 26, sustained after he was beaten in 2009 while jailed in the Bridgeton, Missouri for drunken driving. Billingham has filed a federal lawsuit over the beating. By KMOV Web Producer
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BRIDGETON, Mo. (KMOV) – A 26-year-old man who was roughed up in his Bridgeton, Mo. jail cell after being put behind bars for suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed through a fence was has filed a suit in federal court.

Phillip Billingham had to have 10 staples in his scalp after the beating he took at the jail, and his attorney wants a federal jury to decide who’s telling the truth: police or video of the assault.

In the surveillance video, Billingham is choked, thrown to the ground and dragged through the hallways of the Bridgeton Police Department in April of 2009.

At one point, police used a stun gun on Billingham while he was being dragged in front of another cell. Billingham’s attorney says it’s the worst case he’s ever seen.

In the report, Bridgeton Police Officer Bradley Cash reports that Billingham was refusing to cooperate. He says Billingham became increasingly aggressive and lunged at him as if he were going to attack. However, the video shows Billingham sitting still when Officer Cash entered the cell.

Police Chief Don Hood declined an on-camera interview because of the lawsuit, but he did say that the FBI is looking into the situation. He also confirmed that all the officers involved still work for the City of Bridgeton.

Billingham pleaded guilty to drunken driving. He’s now asking a jury to decide if he deserved to be beaten as well.

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