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Phoenix police use rubber bullet on teen mistaken for robber

A Phoenix man says he is still traumatized after being hit with a rubber bullet and tackled by police in a case of mistaken identity.
Posted at 1:00 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 15:00:28-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix man says he is still traumatized after being hit with a rubber bullet and tackled by police in a case of mistaken identity.

Dion Humphrey wrote on a GoFundMe page that he gets scared every time he replays the incident in his head.

The 19-year-old remained hospitalized Friday with swelling around his heart. His father says police mistook Humphrey for his older half-brother, one of four suspects in a robbery and shooting.

Police say they used a flash grenade and rubber bullet because they thought they were dealing with an armed suspect. The family plans to sue.