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Lawsuit filed against city of Steubenville, several officers

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Steubenville and several officers with the city’s police department.

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Steubenville and several officers with the city’s police department.

The plaintiff -- Trumane Calvert -- alleges the department violated his rights on Jan. 10, 2018.

It has been filed as a civil rights case, claiming Calvert had his 4th and 14th amendment rights violated while experiencing a mental health crisis.

According to the lawsuit, Calvert checked himself into Trinity Health System for mental health treatment and was sedated by hospital staff.

When he woke up the next day, he walked out of the hospital in only his underwear and socks to go get something to eat.

Hospital staff called Steubenville police, who witnessed Calvert leave the building in what was described in the report as "obviously in a mental health crisis."

When approached by officers, Calvert skipped through the snow. Dashcam video shows that the first command given to Calvert was: "get on the ground, man, or that dog will chew you up."

At 1:30 in the video, you hear the defendant yell something about his arm. And at 1:34, you can hear the dog begin to bark.

Later in the video, one officer states "we'll get (that) wrapped up," and the defendant can be seen grimacing in pain.

Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis could not comment beyond saying "the matter is still under litigation at this time.”

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