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BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) -

A civil lawsuit was filed this week against the Batesburg-Leesville mayor and police chief over a town council meeting that turned physical in March.

Batesburg-Leesville Councilman Steve Cain is seeking unspecified damages after he said he suffered from "humiliation, emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of sleep and anxiety," according to court documents.

The March 10 meeting reached a boiling point over who had control over procedure.

According to video obtained by WIS back in March, Police Chief Wallace Oswald, some of his officers and Cain became involved in a confrontation that turned physical and ended with Cain on the ground complaining about back pain.

According to a complaint filed April 28 in Lexington County, Mayor Rita Crapps and Wallace acted with malice and Wallace "acted unilaterally, unreasonable and without legal justification or legal authority."

"I know nothing about the suite beyond what the media has reported," Crapps told WIS Friday. "I have not been served with any papers. Extreme issues in my personal life are eclipsing everything right now. If and when papers are served, they will be given to legal counsel to handle in a professional manner. Should this matter goes before a judge and jury, then they will decide the outcome."

Oswald also told WIS Friday he has not been served with anything, so he couldn't comment because he didn't know specifics.

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