A California truck driver is complaining that police officers in Placer County used excessive force, potentially even causing him a brain injury during a beating that occurred when the man was pulled over. The man, age 58, is suing the California Highway Patrol in connection with the injuries he suffered. He was transported to a local trauma center after experiencing broken bones and facial wounds. Pictures show that the man's entire face was bruised and one of his eyes blackened.
Official documents indicate the victim was pulled over on Sept. 2, 2011, by officers who asked to see his commercial driving logbook and driver's license. The man complied, handing over the logbook, but the officers erroneously cited him for breaking commercial driving rules. The driver in this case is legally permitted to drive 11 hours out of a 14-hour period. Officers assumed that he was only allowed to drive 10 hours. After the troopers examined the logbook, they began to search the man's truck without consent.
The lawsuit states the man asked to read the summons issued by the officers before he signed it. After that request, the officers began to assault the man, grabbing his arm and boxing him about the head. Not only was the man's upper arm broken near the shoulder socket, but he also suffered facial fractures, a concussion and a traumatic brain injury, in addition to several wounds from a Taser.
Named in the complaint were the two troopers, along with those officers' supervisors, who are accused of failing to adequately investigate the victim's claims of abuse. In addition, the victim alleges that the officers lied about his intoxication status at the time of the incident. They argued that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, even though a toxicity screen showed that his system was clean.
No driver deserves to be beaten for simply asking about the contents of a ticket. The officers in this case could be required to pay for the man's current and continued medical costs.
www.landlinemag.com, "Truck driver alleges excessive force at hands of California Highway Patrol Officers" Clarissa Hawes, Aug. 30, 2013