By David Madden

MILLVILLE, NJ (CBS) — A million dollar lawsuit has been filed against the city of Millville, its police chief, and an officer indicted in an unrelated matter.

The suit filed in federal court stems from a traffic stop two years ago involving officer Jeffrey Proffit and one Kenneth Harden.

Attorney Conrad Benedetto represents Harden, who claims he was beaten and tried to run, only to stop when Proffit allegedly pulled out his gun.

“Officer Proffit thereupon apprehended him and again started to get physical with him,” Benedetto told KYW Newsradio, “and went to the extent of trying to force his weapon into the mouth of my client.”

Proffit was indicted last February for an incident in April of 2016 in which he allegedly beat a suspect inside the Millville police station, and is currently on suspension.

No comment from the city or the police department on the civil lawsuit.

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