A violent arrest by L.A. County deputies was caught on video. Now the man is seeking justice for the innocent victims.
Miguel Gonzalez was with friends having a good time Saturday night at the Rose Bowl when he was approached by four deputies — along with a sergeant — who asked him to show his ID and his hands.
“Why are you guys here?” he yelled.
“Show us your hands,” one of the officers answered.
He says that was when the first officer produced his taser and started hitting him.
“First, they told me I had a criminal warrant out,” Gonzalez said, his voice rising. “Then they took me to a holding cell. They started tasing me.”
Gonzalez, who is homeless, had never been in trouble before, but says he was on the verge of breaking up with a girlfriend when he was pulled into the middle of the mayhem.
“All I saw was a lot of black and blue,” he said. “They kicked me in my ribs, ribs, legs, head.” He says the taser hit his right ribs hard, then left him with a nasty bruise on his right cheek.
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“They just keep tasing me,” he said. “That’s what happens.”
The video shows Gonzalez — shirtless and in a state of shock as he gets his clothes torn and bruises from the taser — getting tossed into the backseat of a patrol car. When officers open the door to the car, he sees he is bleeding.
“They had blood everywhere in the vehicle,” he recalled. “I said, ‘I need to get my clothes, my shoes … I need to get out.’”
Gonzalez claims that when a deputy told him his shirt was torn, he had to be restrained from removing it. He was charged with resisting arrest and was put in the back of a patrol car, he said. After being placed there for a while, he says