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I am speechless. Cunt.

Man who tusseled with police over use of ‘B’ word settles lawsuit against city for $255,000

Gallegos, who happened to be on duty and in the parking lot, overheard York, whose car windows were down, say either “bitch” or “what a bitch,” the documents state.

Gallegos said the comment was heard by him as well as man and a 5-year-old child, who were nearby.

Once out of his car, York was confronted by Gallegos, who told him he could be arrested for causing a disturbance. An argument between the two ensued. Gallegos called for backup, and Lucero and Martinez responded.

According to the documents, Gallegos and Lucero agreed there was probable cause to arrest York because “he shouted a profanity in a public area, causing at least three people to react.”

Gallegos — contrary to his training, the documents state — “decided to use his own arrest technique in which he grabs and handcuffs the suspect before explaining that he is under arrest.”

York reflexively drew back his arm, which Gallegos interpreted as resisting arrest. Gallegos executed an arm-bar takedown and York struck his head and shoulder on the pavement.

Martinez then placed a stun gun on York’s neck and threatened to shock him if he did not untuck his arms from underneath his body, the documents state.

The city had asked that the suit be dismissed based on qualified immunity, which shields certain public officials from lawsuits as long as their actions do not violate constitutional rights.

A federal appeals court denied the request, ruling that there was no evidence that the word, though offensive, was directed at anyone in particular and that York was not threatening or trying to instigate a fight with the comment.

Here’s what I find wrong with the situation:

  1. It’s illegal to swear in public.
  2. Cop using ‘his own technique’ -which is sneaky and cause the person to resist out of confusion. Which is rewarded with more violence and a tazer.
  3. Qualified Immunity is a blatant abuse of power.
  4. The officer was not punished for his fuck-up; a suspension w/o pay or similar might have sufficed.
  5. It took four fucking years to reach a settlement.

Really though, aside from being able to identify the most basic problems with this situation, I am nonplussed. Please carry on.

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