Phoenix man allegedly forced by police to eat pot sues city

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Edgar Castro, who was forced to eat pot during a traffic stop, has filed a lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Edgar Castro, who was forced to eat pot during a traffic stop, has filed a lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Michael J Carnicle (left), Jason E McFadden (middle) and Richard G Pina (right). (Source: Phoenix Police Department) Michael J Carnicle (left), Jason E McFadden (middle) and Richard G Pina (right). (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A Phoenix man who says he was forced by police to eat marijuana or go to jail has filed a lawsuit against the city and the three ex-officers involved.

Edgar Castro's suit seeks undisclosed punitive and compensatory damages.

Attorneys for the 20-year-old Castro say their client's civil rights were violated

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His lawyers filed a notice of claim in the case in February and that precursor to a lawsuit sought $3.5 million.

Castro was pulled over for speeding in September 2016 and police officers reported finding a small amount of marijuana in his car.

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According to the lawsuit, Castro became sick and vomited after ingesting the marijuana.

The three police officers involved resigned from the force shortly after the incident.

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A call to city officials seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Wednesday.

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