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Former Baseball Star Sues L.A. Cops Over Alleged Beating

Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California
Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra filed suit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday. Danny Moloshok - Reuters

Lenny Dykstra, formerly of the Mets and Phillies, says police savagely knocked his teeth out and beat him until he could barely breath while they had him in custody two years ago. Now he's suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for an unspecified sum

Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra filed charges against the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department and county officials on Wednesday after he says he was brutally beaten while incarcerated two years ago.

Dykstra claims two of the department’s deputies threw him against the wall, knocked his teeth out and kicked him until he could barely breath while he was in their custody in April 2012, the Associated Press reports. The sheriff’s department has yet to comment.

During the time of the alleged assault, the erstwhile outfielder was serving time for a litany of charges including grand theft auto, indecent exposure and providing a false financial statement. Dykstra was released from custody last June.

[AP]

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