The lawyers representing a La Junta man left paralyzed following his arrest last December filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the City of La Junta.

The lawyers representing a La Junta man left paralyzed following his arrest last December filed a civil lawsuit Monday against the City of La Junta.

McDivitt Law Firm's case against the City of La Junta for its police department's role in the paralysis of Donovan Duran continued Monday as they filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in Denver. A judge has not yet been assigned.

They are seeking unspecified damages for Duran's injuries.

In May, a grand jury decided that two La Junta police officers, Vincent Fraker and Jonathan McMillan would not face charges after an excessive use of force complaint. The grand jury said no criminal charges would be filed against Fraker and McMillan. McMillan had been ruled out as a person of interest in the case early on in the investigation.

The investigation came after Donovan Duran, 24, of La Junta claimed he was paralyzed after being injured by La Junta police officers following his arrest in December. Duran's legal team said that Duran was arrested earlier in December. Duran, by his own admission, his legal team said, was drunk and disorderly. La Junta police officers arrested him and took him to Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. Upon arrival, Duran was removed from the vehicle and cops allegedly tackled him to the ground and put a knee in his back, as well as applying force to his neck. He was then strapped to a hospital gurney and placed in a guarded room. After being taken into the hospital, Duran continued to scream out in pain and eventually medical professionals examined him, according to Duran. They told him to get out of the bed and he collapsed to the floor. Shortly after midnight on Dec. 7, Duran was sent by Flight for Life to University Hospital in Aurora, where he underwent surgery on his neck.