City And Former Lubbock Police Officer Face Suit - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/19/03

City And Former Lubbock Police Officer Face Suit

A Lubbock man whose arrest contributed to the suspension of a Lubbock Police Officer is now suing the officer and the city. The case involves an arrest outside a Lubbock nightclub, back in November 2001. Ricardo Torres claims he suffered physical pain and mental anguish, was falsely imprisoned and endured civil rights violations.

Police say the arresting officer, Nicholas Medina used excessive force by striking Torres in the head with his gun and kicking him as he lay on the ground. The suit seeks no more than $50,000 in damages.

Officer Medina was at first fired over this incident, but an Arbitrator overturned the termination and instead placed him under paid suspension. Medina resigned in April, and has since moved to Pensacola, Florida.

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