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Man beat up on Black Friday sues Buckeye Police

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He was bloodied at Walmart during last year's Black Friday rush. This Black Friday he's suing Buckeye Police.

It was more like "Black and Blue" Friday for Jerald Newman last year.

Tased and taken down by Buckeye Police during the shopping rush, he said he was just holding on to a video game. They said he was shoplifting.

But after they left him bloodied and battered, this year, he wants them to pay.

Jerald Newman's attorney filed a $500,000 lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Buckeye and the police officer that took down his client.

He says the past year has been a big struggle for Newman. The holidays used to be a time to celebrate, but now his attorney says they just bring back painful memories.

The cell phone video is hard to watch: grandfather Jerald Newman, face down on the ground, bloody and unconscious, after Buckeye Police Officer Kevin Rorke used a "leg sweep" to take him down.

Witnesses just couldn't believe it.

"It was like a wrestling maneuver, dragged the guy, body and face planted him into the ground, face shatters, blood is pouring out of his mouth," said a witness.

We spoke to Newman's attorney over the phone. He told FOX 10 the holidays will never be the same for Newman or his family, including the grandson who was with him last year when this all happened.

"It's been a struggle for my client. He really enjoyed this time of year to spend with his family and the event was just so traumatic, he still struggles with the stress of what happened," says attorney Todd Nolan.

It prompted an investigation into whether Officer Rorke used excessive force. He was eventually cleared in the case. The shoplifting charges against Newman were also dropped.

His attorney says some of the money they're suing for will cover his medical bills, yet he says the physical damage is nothing compared to the psychological damage he suffered.

"It's just had such a profound impact on their lives, Mr. Newman and Mr. Newman will hopefully someday be able to get past it but at this moment they're certainly not."

We tried to contact Buckeye Police for comment -- they referred us to the city attorney, who we were unable to get a hold of.

Last year the police department defended Officer Rorke, saying he did nothing wrong and it was Newman who resisted arrest by pulling away from Rorke and flailing his arms.

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