Ex-Astros pitcher says police beating ended career

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:02 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston Astros pitcher is seeking damages of up to $15 million for injuries he says were caused by Galveston police officers who beat him in 2008.

Brandon Backe (BAK'-ee) testified in federal court Tuesday that the beating ended his baseball career. He says he can no longer use his right arm for such simple tasks as tucking in a shirt.

Backe in his lawsuit says he and others were beaten during a wedding party at an outdoor bar. The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1dS0q5C ) that police argue the accusations are exaggerated and any force used during a confrontation with party-goers was justified.

Backe was an important part of an Astros rotation that helped lead the team to the 2005 World Series, where they lost to the Chicago White Sox.

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