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Man says police used excessive force in Geneva

A man arrested in June following an alleged domestic violence incident claims he was injured due to excessive force by Geneva police officers including Jack Montesanto, who was suspended and faces criminal charges from another alleged incident a month later.

Alexander Farnsworth, who was living in Geneva at the time of his arrest and is now living in Newark, filed the notice of claim against the city last month. It reserves his right to bring a civil lawsuit.

“I don’t think it’s right that cops are allowed to abuse their power and nothing is done about it,” Farnsworth said during an interview at the Times.

The allegations stem from the night of June 23, when several officers responded to Clinton Street after getting a report of a woman yelling for help. According to police reports, one of those officers — Ryan Camacho — said the woman claimed Farnsworth choked her after he cut himself with a knife.

Another officer, Dan Hickey, heard someone jump a chain link fence behind the house. Police found no one there.

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