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Former Deputy Marshal sues two Lubbock police officers

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A former Special Deputy U.S. Marshal sues two Lubbock police officers, accusing them of excessive force. 

Robert Campbell claims he was off duty, drinking beer at his home, in the 2100 block of Cornell, on the evening of July 7th 2009 when one of his neighbors started trouble.  Police were called out and Campbell claims he then remembered that left his duty weapon inside his car.  So while officer were talking to other people at the scene, Campbell got the gun from the car and put it in his waistband along his back. 

Campbell claims that officer Jeff Simpson tried to enter his house illegally and there was a struggle, during which time Simpson saw that Campbell had a gun.  Campbell claims that Simpson and fellow police officer Clinton Lewis hit him, breaking his nose and tazed him.  The lawsuit says the two LPD officers, "hit Campbell upside the head twice and said 'What are you going to do about that?'"

Officers Simpson and Lewis responded in court records last week saying they used reasonable force to arrest Campbell.  They dispute Campbell's account and claim he was the one being aggressive, not them. 

"Officer Lewis and Officer Simpson acted to protect themselves from Plaintiff Campbell's aggressive and threatening behavior."

Officers Simpson and Lewis have asked that Campbell's lawsuit be thrown out of court.

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