Suspect Tasered By Anaheim Police Before Being Punched Twice In The Head
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA (October 29, 2023) – A male suspect was violently assaulted by an Anaheim police officer after he was already detained and held down by several other officers.
Orange County officials are saying that the incident took place in mid-October. Several Anaheim police officers confronted a suspect.
One officer can be seen deploying a taser which forced the man to the ground. Several officers piled on top of the man and pinned him down.
Footage of the incident shows the suspect with his hands behind his back before he was punched twice in the head by an officer. Officers can then be seen walking the suspect away in handcuffs.
A full investigation into the incident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Excessive Force By Anaheim Police Officers
The Anaheim Police Department has a long and sordid history of using excessive force on suspects. According to KTLA 5, a jury found that Anaheim police officers used excessive and unreasonable force and caused the death of 35-year-old Christopher Eisinger. Officers used their body weight on his back and neck, which ultimately suffocated him. There are many ways that police officers may engage in excessive force.
- Officers may shoot a suspect that didn’t pose a threat of imminent harm to anyone.
- Officers may shoot a suspect that was attempting to flee.
- Officers may strike a suspect that was already detained.
A police department could be held liable for the excessive force of one of their officers. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Whether or not any instance of force was excessive will depend on the totality of the circumstances surrounding the use-of-force. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any assault involving police officials.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
- The disciplinary record of the officers involved should be reviewed.
Whenever a suspect is detained, all officers involved must immediately cease to use any type of force likely to result in injury. But far too often this does not take place. It is common for certain police officers to continue to terrorize the public for years with little to no accountability. They may possibly get suspended for two days if they assault a suspect. After that, they will be back to their old ways. Any person that is injured due to the excessive force of police officers may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Getting Legal Help After Excessive Force By California Police Officers
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the man injured in this senseless assault by the Anaheim police. All of the officers involved should be held accountable. No police department should employ thugs and brutes who willfully abuse their power under the color of law. Their presence endangers the public and erodes community trust in the police.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured by the excessive force of Anaheim police officials? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police brutality and neglect by law enforcement. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of help we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.