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Attorney general looking into possible police brutality case

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The Phoenix Police Department is now dealing with accusations that officers stepped out of line and beat an innocent man up. The state's attorney general is learning about the claims and offering up help in investigating the claims.

Frank Morrison has been in the hospital for a week now. He claims he had a stroke while Phoenix Police officers allegedly roughed him up.

"They were throwing me around all I remember was them grabbing me," says Frank Morrison.

Those claims have now caught the attention of Attorney General Tom Horne. He met with Morrison's lawyer and civil rights leaders today.

"We have people investigating whether we have any jurisdiction in the case and if so, what we can do. If we don't then does the city want us to help in any way, seeing that there's an objective investigation," said Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

Morrison is the groundskeeper at Word Center Church. He lives next door where it happened. The pastor there says he witnessed the assault.

"They left him for dead, they left him to die right then and there right there on the rocks," said Jeffery Burns, pastor of Word Center Church.

The alleged assault happened about 4 a.m. on August 26. Witnesses said police said they went to the house looking for a robbery suspect. But police left without arresting anyone at the home.

Now Morrison is gearing up to file a lawsuit claiming police brutality.

"Frank can't hit back, Frank didn't hit back he was helplessly being beaten so he needs the only way he can hurt them is in his pocket and I hope he wins his lawsuit," said Burns.

"I just remember screaming at them not to shoot me because I hadn't done anything wrong," said Morrison.

Before the attorney general was involved, the Phoenix Police Department issued this statement to FOX 10:

"It has always been the policy of the Phoenix Police Department to welcome the community to report any allegations of officer misconduct; we take all complaints seriously. Although allegations have been made to the media, none of these were brought to the attention of the Phoenix Police Department. Nonetheless, based on information received late yesterday the department is looking into this incident. Attempts have been made to speak with Mr. Morrison however he has declined to speak with us. We have learned our officers came into brief contact with Mr. Morrison in the early morning hours of Monday August 26th during an unrelated incident. We will continue to review the facts as information is received and we encourage open and honest communications with the community we protect and serve."

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