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Title: Remember the Vallejo Cop Who Tackled a Veteran for Filming Him?
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/2019/09/13/remem ... led-a-veteran-for-filming-him/
Published: Sep 13, 2019
Author: C.J. Ciaramella
Post Date: 2019-09-16 09:55:33 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 202
Comments: 7

Now he's being sued for another act of excessive force.


(KTVU // YouTube)

Remember the police officer in Vallejo, California, who made national headlines in January for tackling a man who'd been filming him on a cell phone? Now he's being sued for beating someone in a separate incident.

In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday, Santiago Hutchins alleges that Officer David McLaughlin, who was off-duty at the time, held him at gunpoint following a verbal altercation outside a pizzeria in 2018 and then used unconstitutional and excessive force to arrest him. Cellphone footage obtained earlier this year by local news station KTVU shows McLaughlin punching and elbowing Hutchins while two other officers hold Hutchins down.

Santiago Hutchins being treated after a violent arrest.Reason

According to the lawsuit, Hutchins suffered "a concussion, right eye hematoma, facial pain, headache, swelling in the head, face contusions, face lacerations muscle strains, and rib contusions" as a result of the beating.

Hutchins was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace, according to the East Bay Times, but the charges were later dropped. On October, Hutchins' attorney filed an internal affairs complaint with the Vallejo Police Department on Hutchins' behalf. According to Hutchins' lawsuit, neither Hutchins nor his lawyer ever received a response to the complaint.

Hutchins also filed a claim for damages against the city, a precursor to a civil rights lawsuit, against Vallejo. In April, Vallejo rejected his claim, on the grounds that McLaughlin was not on-duty as a city employee when the incident happened.

"The city has not yet been served with this lawsuit, though it has denied the claim, finding that Officer Hutchins was off duty at the time of the incident," Vallejo city attorney Claudia Quintana says in a statement to Reason.

Six months after Hutchins' violent arrest, McLaughlin got into an altercation with Vallejo resident Adrian Burrell, a documentary filmmaker and former Marine. Burrell was standing on his porch filming the traffic stop of his cousin with his cell phone.

When McLaughlin saw Burrell filming him, he ordered him to get back, although Burrell was standing about 20 to 30 feet away. Burrell refused.

"You're interfering with me, my man?" McLaughlin asked as he holstered his gun and approached Burrell. "You're interfering, you're going to get one from the back of the car."

Although filming the police is protected under the First Amendment as long as it doesn't interfere with police duties, McLaughlin walked up to Burrell, swept him to the ground, and placed him under arrest.

Burrell was detained in the back of a squad car but eventually released, allegedly after police discovered he was a Marine veteran. He says he suffered a concussion as a result of being thrown to the ground.

Reason reported on Hutchins and Burrell's cases earlier this year as part of a larger story on the Vallejo Police Department. Despite its relatively small size, the department has generated a large number of civil rights lawsuits and settlement payouts:

Like many recorded instances of police misconduct over the past five years, Burrell's cellphone footage, uploaded to Facebook, went viral, sparking national media coverage. But it was only one of a string of high-profile police incidents in recent months that have inflamed long-running tensions in Vallejo—a diverse, blue-collar city north of Oakland, California—between the city's police department and its citizens. Almost all of the recent incidents have been caught on cellphones or police-worn body cameras. Local activists say they finally show what lawsuits and protesters have complained of for years.

Vallejo has paid out millions of dollars to settle civil lawsuits alleging wrongful deaths, brutality, and misconduct over the past decade. According to Claudia Quintana, Vallejo city attorney, there are currently 35 pending claims and lawsuits in connection with the Vallejo Police Department, 16 of which allege excessive force. There have been accusations of police retaliation against victims who have come forward, the police chief resigned in April, and the mayor has asked that the Justice Department come to town to try to mend the frayed relationship between police and the community.

McLaughlin was put on leave on February 4, three days after local reporters obtained footage of Hutchins' beating and reported that he was the same officer from the Burrell incident.

Burrell has not yet filed a civil rights lawsuit. Last month, the City of Vallejo denied his claim as well.

"We intend to hold every officer to high standards whether on duty or off duty," Vallejo's interim Police Chief Joe Allio says. "At all times the city takes seriously any reported conduct  that compromises the trust our community places in us."

Reason has been waiting more than six months to receive public records from the Oakland and Vallejo police departments on McLaughlin's misconduct history.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Following the statistical average , today 23 law enforcement officers from the total of 850,000 sworn officers in America will be investigated or disciplined for misconduct. Repeating: that is only 23 out of a total of 850,000 sworn law enforcement officers. You do the percentage math.


Gatlin  posted on  2019-09-16   10:11:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Deckard (#0) (Edited)

"We intend to hold every officer to high standards whether on duty or off duty," Vallejo's interim Police Chief Joe Allio says. "At all times the city takes seriously any reported conduct that compromises the trust our community places in us."

I love these standard issue mealy-mouthed excuses for "we do have a sadist cop on the force and we do take his unprovoked rampages very seriously but we will of course never prosecute or even discipline our thug cop."

They seem to pull these standard excuses out of their asses or maybe they have a Official Manual Of Police Excuses and they just pick one at random, designed to make it sound like they take something seriously when they simply could care less.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-16   10:23:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: , Those Looking For Hate In All The Wrong Places - (#0)

Remember the Vallejo Cop Who Tackled a Veteran for Filming Him?
While you are remembering this bad cop, also think about the atrociously horrible things that are otherwise happening today and be sure to keep them logged into proper mental perspective:
Following the statistical average, today 8, 896 from the total of 33,624 OB-GYN doctors across the US will kill 2,899 babies by performing abortions. OB-GYN doctors are paid a mean hourly wage of $114.58.

Following the statistical average again, today 23 law enforcement officers from the total of 850,000 sworn officers in America will be investigated or disciplined for misconduct. “These are officers who have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses.” Police officers are paid an average of $24 per hour.

Furthermore, following the statistical average, 123 Americans will die by committing suicide today. suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year.

So let us also think about “these bad” things as we are remembering the one bad cop is this article – while not forgetting all about the other more than 850,000 sworn law enforcement officers who are diligently and faithfully performing their assigned duties today.


Gatlin  posted on  2019-09-16   11:12:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Gatlin (#3)

Furthermore, following the statistical average, 123 Americans will die by committing suicide today. suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year.

Isn't that just some cheap throwaway whataboutism?

Maybe you could address the topic instead of trying to change the subject.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-16   13:16:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Deckard (#0)

Reason has been waiting more than six months …
And while Reason is forced to continue waiting, in other news across America we find that …
2,246 fetal remains found on property of abortion doctor who recently died/

WILL COUNTY - Over 2,200 medically preserved fetal remains were found Thursday on the property of a deceased doctor in unincorporated Will County.

About 3:30 p.m., the Will County Coroner’s Office received a call from an attorney representing the family of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer who died Sept. 3, stating that while going through the doctor’s personal property they found what appeared to be fetal remains, the Will County sheriff’s office said.

Officials responded to an address in unincorporated Will County and were directed to an area of the property where they found 2,246 medically preserved fetal remains, the sheriff’s office said. The remains were taken by the coroner’s office.

There is no evidence that any medical procedures were conducted at the property, police said. The doctor’s family is fully cooperating as Will County officials investigate.

According to the South Bend Tribune, the doctor was an abortion provider and had his license briefly suspended three years ago for his abortion tactics.


Gatlin  posted on  2019-09-16   22:35:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Tooconservative (#4)

Isn't that just some cheap throwaway whataboutism?

No, this isn’t.

Maybe you could address the topic instead of trying to change the subject.

Maybe I can do what damn well I please.

Wait – I am …


Gatlin  posted on  2019-09-17   1:01:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Gatlin, A K A Stone (#6)

Maybe I can do what damn well I please.

You mean, you can start trolling any thread with unrelated news posts, starting with the very first post on the thread, and you're confident that Stone will let you get away with that as a forum baiting tactic to distract people from the actual news story that another poster put up for reading/comments?

You're probably right.

However, I do demand an Apology.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-09-17   4:54:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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