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Man accused of lying about being injured by EPD officer

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Charles Coleman III. (Source: Evansville Police Dept.) Charles Coleman III. (Source: Evansville Police Dept.)

An Evansville man is arrested and charged with filing a false report after police say he lied during an Evansville Police Department Internal Affairs investigation.

Evansville Police say Charles Coleman III was arrested on two outstanding warrants on August 31 and filed a formal complaint against the arresting officer after he was released from jail.

EPD says In his sworn statement, Coleman accused an EPD officer of using unnecessary force while booking him into the jail. Coleman said that while he was being placed in a restraint chair, the officer grabbed him by the upper arm and then punched him in the back for no reason. Coleman told the investigator that the officer fractured his collarbone when he struck him in the back.

Coleman was taken to the hospital and treated for a fractured collarbone while he was in jail, but police say it was several hours after he was booked into the jail. Authorities say video from the jail booking area showed the events described by Coleman in his complaint did not happen.

Officials say the complaint was closed out as "Unfounded."

Coleman was arrested over the weekend after a case file was presented to the Prosecutor's Office and an arrest warrant was signed by a judge.

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