North Idaho Man Says He Was Roughed Up, Sues Law Enforcement

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A north Idaho man alleges that law enforcement from Latah County and the U.S. Forest Service were too quick to draw their weapons on him and is suing to protect his civil rights.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Keith Nieman of Kootenai County says he was legally parked alongside Idaho Highway 6 in August 2010, cleaning his windshield, when two uniformed officers pulled in behind him. The suit alleges Latah County Sheriff Deputy Keith Davis and U.S. Forest Service officer Steve Bryant asked Nieman for registration. As he was walking toward his passenger side, that's when Nieman said the officers drew their guns, handcuffed him and put him face down on the highway. The officers acknowledged Nieman hadn't violated any laws and eventually released him.

Niemen is asking for a jury trial, claiming that law enforcement actions were excessive and unreasonable and vioalted Idaho's constitution.

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