Black EIU swimmer sues Illinois police over false arrest

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EAST MOLINE, Ill. — A civil rights group contends in a lawsuit that Illinois police officers wrongfully arrested, detained and threatened to shoot a black college athlete at a rest stop while he traveled with the school’s swim team.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a lawsuit last month against six officers on behalf of Jaylan Butler, who was then a 19-year-old member of the Eastern Illinois University swim team.

The suit alleges the officers arrested Butler on false pretenses and used excessive force. The ACLU says Butler started seeing a therapist to address the trauma and depression he endured following the incident.

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