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Brothers claim they were attacked by East Cleveland Police

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Eric Woods claims he was beaten by East Cleveland Police Eric Woods claims he was beaten by East Cleveland Police
EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Two brothers claim they were assaulted by police while they were just trying to put themselves through college.

The Woods brothers are trying to pay for classes at Tri-C and while at work Monday afternoon they say they got attacked by East Cleveland police officers.

For the past 10 days Eric and Dominique Woods have been giving away free cell phones to low income residents in through Lifeline Wireless from the front door of a property Eric owns on Eddy Road.

On Monday they say cops roughed them up and arrested them for disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and resisting an officer.

"While one Officer handcuffed me. One choked me. One punched me and I saw them throw my brother to the ground," said Dominque Woods.

The police report says men were loitering and Eric's vehicle was blocking a sidewalk. Officers say Dominique at first refused to hand over his social security number. Both brothers used bad language and Eric started fighting with an officer and ended up suffering a minor abrasion on his head.

The brothers deny it and say the cops were the bad guys.

"We are just trying to work our way through college. You can see it's all scared up. I had to go to the hospital. It was completely uncalled for," said Eric Woods.

The brother's mother spoke to city council on Wednesday about the conduct of the officers and says this is what police told her when she arrived on the scene.

"They were stealing electricity. They were stealing electricity. I said they are stealing electricity? From where? From that house. That's the house they own," said mom, Laini Woods.

Reporter Scott Taylor spoke with East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton who says the allegations of police misconduct will be investigated.

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