New York Newsday is reporting that a member of the Hell's Angels has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was dragged behind a curtain during a KID ROCK concert and beaten by four Albany police officers who taunted him about his motorcycle club jacket.
The alleged beating suffered by David Lust, 43, of Herkimer County, took place Sept. 5 during a KID ROCK concert at Albany's Pepsi Arena.
Lust's attorney, Brian D. Mercy, told the Times Union of Albany that he has obtained affidavits from concertgoers who claim they saw officers beating Lust with their fists, boots and nightsticks while he was lying on the ground with his hands covering his face.
The incident started when the son of another Hell's Angels member who was being escorted out of the arena by security officers grabbed Lust's jacket and asked him for help. A group of city police officers standing nearby then allegedly confronted Lust and dragged him behind a nearby curtain where they beat him, according to the lawsuit.
Police charged Lust with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, claiming he reached for a small pocket knife as they grappled with him. The charges were later thrown out by a grand jury, and records in the case have been sealed.
Read more at NYNewsday.com.
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