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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Brice Joseph admits he's had a not so good history with the Lake Charles Police Department.

"If you look at my arrest history with the Lake Charles City Police... They don't like me," said Joseph.

35-year-old Joseph's most recent arrest was back in March. According to Joseph he was at a local barber shop and called the cops on some kids. When police arrived they arrested Joseph for allegedly locking two boys in a closet. He was charged with two counts of false imprisonment, but it was what happened at the jail with an officer that landed Joseph on the news.

"The officer was all in my face and he just hit me. Then they came in an hour later saying that I had spit on him, but he had spit on me. I said no... That man spit on me. I never spit on him," said Joseph.

Joseph, who is HIV positive, was also charged with intentional exposure of the AIDS virus. He served eight months in the Calcasieu Correctional Center before his release in October. He was on house arrest with an ankle monitor until striking a deal Monday, pleading guilty to the two false imprisonment charges. The other charge was dismissed.

"I want people to know that I don't have AIDS. The charges right here were dismissed yesterday due to the fact that I don't have AIDS and they say even if I did -- spitting won't cause it," said Joseph.

Joseph claims his HIV status puts him at no risk and when it comes to LCPD he said, "I wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire."

The Calcasieu District Attorney's Office said the officer in the case didn't have a problem with the dismissal of the charge. Based on the terms of the plea deal, Joseph received credit for time served. Joseph said he's also talking with his attorney about a possible legal suit against the Lake Charles Police Department.

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