Rush Star Loses Civil Rights Battle With Police

RUSH guitarist ALEX LIFESON has lost his bid to shame the Florida police deputies who arrested him and his son at a New Year's Eve party in 2003. Lifeson, real name Alex Zivojinovich, sued the cops claiming they used excessive force and violated his civil rights in an altercation with him. But a federal judge has ruled that officers from Collier County "were objectively reasonable." Lifeson's lawyer, Michael MCDonnell, plans to appeal. The rocker and his son, Justin, were Tasered in the skirmish at a Naples, Florida hotel and Lifeson's nose was broken. The fight broke out after Justin Zivojinovich ignored hotel security warnings and climbed up onto a stage where the house band was performing. The police were called and Justin was escorted out of the hotel. The pair then fought with deputies on a stairwell. Lifeson and his son accepted a plea deal in 2006 to avoid a jail term.


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