Man, attorney want money from Dallas after alleged beating

March 5, 2011 5:59:04 AM PST
The man beaten by Dallas police during a January traffic stop doesn't accept the police chief's claim that it had nothing to do with race.

Rodarick Lyles and his attorney want "a substantial amount" of money from the city and two police officers. In a lawsuit filed in federal district court, they argue his constitutional rights were violated and he has endured pain and suffering. Lyles and his family spoke out in a news conference.

According to police, officers stopped Lyles on Jan. 27 for driving with a license plate that belonged to another vehicle. He also was driving with a suspended license and there was a warrant out for his arrest.

One Dallas police officer has been fired for kicking and using pepper spray on Lyles, who was handcuffed.