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Wickenburg teen claims excessive force used during arrest

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WICKENBURG, AZ (CBS5) -

A Wickenburg family is calling out a local officer accused of roughing up their teenage son who was handcuffed at the time. The family says the officer received a slap on the wrist following the incident.

It all started near a Circle K in Wickenburg last September after 17-year-old Troy Dame got into a fight at a party.

"I go into Circle K and I go in and buy a thirst buster, just getting ready to leave, and that's when he pulls me over and it all starts," Troy Dame said.

Police were called and Troy Dame said Officer William Foraker responded.

Video from Foraker's patrol car shows the officer trying to handcuff Troy Dame without telling him why he was under arrest or reading him his rights. Troy Dame said he pulled his arm away.

"That's when he slams me against the truck and puts his hand on my throat," Troy Dame said.

Troy Dame said Foraker pointed his taser at him, and Troy Dame got on the ground and was cuffed. But then the situation escalated once more when Dame got up on his feet.

While Troy Dame said he wasn't resisting, the police report says he lunged at Foraker. You can't clearly see what's happening in the video, but you can see Officer Foraker hitting Dame with a closed fist while the then 16 year old was handcuffed.

"He starts hitting me three times. He hit me going from my lower stomach to my chest, and then he hit me two times in the face," Troy Dame said.

"He looked like he had been in a brawl," said mother Lori Dame.

Pictures provided by Troy Dame show some bruising. The teen was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, though he said only the latter charge stuck. But Dame's dad said the officer was also in the wrong.

"So many procedures that were violated - use of force procedure," said father Harry Dame. "Is that the way they were trained? I don't think so."

Foraker was suspended for 20 hours without pay for not using verbal commands, and was required to take two hours of training.

It's a punishment Troy Dame and his parents said is too light.

"I don't want him to have a job," Troy Dame said. "I don't want him to be working there, and do this to somebody else."

Wickenburg Police contacted the Surprise Police Department to investigate the assault allegations against Foraker, but the Maricopa County Attorneys office declined to press charges.

Wickenburg Police Chief Pete Wingert said the video evidence is inconclusive and they can only discipline based on evidence they have.

The family is suing the town.

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