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Federal judge says a Lubbock Police Officer can be sued

Belinda Sarabia, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Belinda Sarabia, Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A federal judge says a Lubbock Police Officer can be sued for excessive force during a September 2009 traffic stop.

That is when Belinda Sarabia claims Officer Sadie Hockenberry tased her more than 20 times and arrested her for public intoxication. Sarabia was a passenger in a vehicle that Hockenberry stopped.

She says she was unlawfully ordered to get out of the car, and was then tased for not getting out. In court documents, the City of Lubbock claims the actions of Officer Hockenberry were reasonable and that the plaintiff's rights were not violated.

In a court order issued Monday, Judge Sam Cummings says Sarabia has shown sufficient evidence to support a claim of excessive force, but she cannot sue for false arrest.

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