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Excessive force accusation in a West Fargo police incident goes to federal court

WEST FARGO — A man accusing West Fargo police of excessive force is taking his case to a federal trial starting Tuesday, July 14, according to court documents obtained by WDAY News.

Donivan Weis, 32, filed a report, alleging a K-9 kept biting him after he was already down on the ground. The report also said the officer kept striking him while he was laying on his stomach and complying.

This happened during a drug arrest back in March of 2016.

Weis took the accusation to court in February of 2018. Pretrial proceedings and jury selection are scheduled to happen inside the federal courthouse in downtown Fargo Tuesday morning. The trial is set to last through Thursday.

Weis was also part of a lawsuit against the Cass County Jail, accusing them of feeding pork to Muslim inmates. A federal judge later dismissed those charges.

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