Three Hampton police officers are being sued in federal court for assault and battery, excessive force and other charges stemming from an incident in 2009 when they arrested a man outside of Stacey Jane's Grille & Bar on charges of disorderly conduct. The civil suit was filed in US District Court by Frederick Fortin of Haverhill Mass, and also names the town of Hampton as a defendant. Fortin claims the officers Steven Tousignant, Robert Turcotte and Joe Galvin's actions were “reckless and unreasonable” when they arrested him. Fortin believes that he was falsely arrested and racked up $70,000 in medical bills due to injuries he claims were sustained at the hands of the officers. The officers and the town were served this week and have yet to file a notice of appearance or response to the suit. Police reports from the incident stated Fortin was enraged, loud and resisted arrest. It also claims they “placed” Fortin on the ground to better control him. Fortin's lawsuit is seeking damages for false arrest and illegal imprisonment, assault and battery, excessive force and violations of his first amendment and civil rights.