04 October 2018

Another Civil Lawsuit Against The Mesa Police Department

Story image for mesa police department from KTAR.com
Here we go again! Looks like we should be worried over "Public Safety" when million$ of dollar$ in Law$uit$ against the Mesa PD and The City of Mesa are reported almost every week.  Here's another one:
KTAR.com-17 hours ago
PHOENIX – A Valley man who was arrested last year filed a civil lawsuit for brutality against the Mesa Police Department, alleging he was viciously beaten for no ...
Mesa man sues police department, city over alleged brutality
by |   UPDATED: October 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm
PHOENIX – "A Valley man who was arrested last year filed a civil lawsuit for brutality against the Mesa Police Department, alleging he was viciously beaten for no reason and choked until he lost consciousness.
Christian Ivan Topete was arrested in October 2017 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and one count each of resisting arrest, assault, criminal damage and unlawful imprisonment. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Tuesday, police went to Topete’s apartment after a neighbor reported hearing an argument. . . The suit said Topete and Karina Lopez had been arguing about their son, but there was no physical altercation or complaint by Lopez.
The police booking report, however, said Topete was seen hitting Lopez in the face, and she said she feared for her safety.
It also said Topete failed to obey commands and tried to pull away, which led to the physical altercation. The report also indicated that he was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.
“In the course of the incident, officers made contact with Christian Topete. While attempting to detain him, a use-of-force encounter occurred,” Mesa Police Detective Nik Rasheta said in a statement. 
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