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Lawsuit claims Palo Alto police illegally detained, assaulted man

Original post made on May 2, 2019

A Palo Alto resident is claiming that he was unlawfully detained and then beaten up by police officers near his mobile home, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 2, 2019, 9:57 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Bullies
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm

IT sounds to me like the victim is telling the truth. When police officers get upset, they cannot control themselves. They want to be the ones in charge at any cost. I am glad he is suiting the PAPD. Even if he had a former record, that does not give the officers the right to abuse him both verbally and physically, and they become bullies. I wish him the best luck in the trial.

Posted by winner
a resident of Barron Park
on May 2, 2019 at 12:31 pm

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Posted by ChrisC
a resident of College Terrace
on May 2, 2019 at 12:45 pm

ChrisC is a registered user.

I assume the webcam footage will show all. Hopefully The Weekly will follow up on this story.

Posted by We Have A Winner!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 2, 2019 at 1:49 pm

from the PA Weekly account...

"Once they arrived, officers allegedly held Alvarez at gunpoint, kicked in and damaged his front door, entered his home, "ripped" him out of the building and slammed him onto the front hood of his parked vehicle, a Ford Focus, which was in his driveway."

"The court ultimately dismissed all criminal charges against Alvarez after a judge ruled that officers lacked proper justification to initiate the detention."

"The lawsuit claims that after officers learned that Alvarez was homosexual, "he was mocked, made fun of and humiliated because of his sexual orientation."

> Alvarez sounds like a real winner.

He will be a 'winner' in a court of law. This one is going to cost the city some major bucks after he hires a prominent civil rights attorney due to:

(1) Violation of his 4th Amendment rights, (2) a hate crime based on his sexuality, (3) police brutality & unnecessary use of force.

from the PA Weekly account...

"This was not Alvarez's first encounter with police. In 2012, he was arrested after he allegedly rappelled into the former JJ&F Market on College Avenue using a satellite-dish cable, and tried to burglarize the market."

This prior offense will be disregarded by the court as it has nothing to do with what recently happened.

Mr. Alvarez just won the lottery because the PAPD officers on the scene did not exercise self-control.

Posted by Realist
a resident of University South
on May 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm

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Posted by PAPD - Brutality
a resident of Midtown
on May 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm

This story sounds credible, and the violence sounds like criminal assault. If the video corroborates his account, and if the police also made false claims leading to the charges made by the DA; the officers involved should be criminally charged. In my opinion, criminal behavior; especially assault and perjury should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Assuming they did commit perjury, this information should be presented to any court wherein they attempt to give testimony, and all cases where they have given testimony should be reviewed.

It will be interesting to see if PAPD will be transparent in the handling of their bad boys in blue.

Posted by Laughable
a resident of Barron Park
on May 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

“....despite his attempt to comply”

When did he comply? Got caught, ran, hid in home thinking Police could not go after him / pursue while he was in commission of a crime.

Let’s see the body cam and report....a lot of fan fare for this criminal. No sympathy.

Posted by We Have A Winner!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 2, 2019 at 2:10 pm

> It will be interesting to see if PAPD will be transparent in the handling of their bad boys in blue.

Isn't it customary to place officers facing these kinds of accusations on paid administrative an effort to maintain a low profile?

Posted by Bruce W
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 2, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Bruce W is a registered user.

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