City responds to lawsuit over wheelchair incident

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) — The city of Lafayette is responding to a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was pushed over in a motorized wheelchair when he ran over a Lafayette Police lieutenant’s foot.

The incident happened in October 2013 and was caught on dash cam video. Lafayette Police Officer Tom Davidson is also named in the suit. Nicholas Kincade’s lawsuit claims the police department discriminated against him because of his disability. Kincade has physical limitations so he uses a motorized wheelchair.

Police arrested Kincade at the time, but the charge was later dropped. The city denies Kincade’s claims that the fall injured him and broke his wheelchair.

The city also denies the disability discrimination claim. The Lafayette Police Department told 24-Hour News 8 that Davidson was demoted to officer and is assigned duties that don’t require interaction with the public.

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