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Federal Judge Dismisses Charges Bozeman Police Lawsuit

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A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit that charges the Bozeman Police Department and the city for alleged excessive force on an individual.

On Monday in Butte U.S. District Court, Judge Christensen did not set a trail date for the case, but allowed some counts against two Bozeman police officers to move forward including negligence and assault and battery.

All counts against the Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police were dismissed. The case was filed in 2009 by Soheil Jesse Verdi.

According to court documents, one of Verdi's friends called police in 2007 requesting a welfare check.

When officers arrived at his home, Verdi answered the door naked and intoxicated. Officers claim Verdi attacked them, so they tased him.

Prosecutors claim Verdi fell and hit his head and has since had to go through several surgeries to remove excessive blood on his brain.

They contend Verdi was drunk, unarmed and naked, but posed no real threat to officers.

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