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Lawsuit: Trooper slammed man onto ground

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A federal lawsuit accuses a Virginia State Police trooper of shattering a man’s jaw and trying to cover it up.

Veron E. Greenaway, 28, is suing Trooper Kristian Hughes over his 2017 arrest in Hampton, the Daily Press reported. The suit alleges Greenaway’s jaw was shattered while he was being arrested for driving on a roadway shoulder to avoid traffic. The lawsuit says the injuries forced Greenaway to withdraw from classes at Norfolk State University and delay his graduation.

The suit says Hughes pulled him from the car, slammed him on the ground and filed a “misleading” police report to cover it up. Greenaway was later charged with misdemeanor obstruction, a charge that will be dropped if he avoids trouble for a year.

Hughes is still with the agency. A Virginia State Police spokeswoman declined to comment.

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