Lubbock police taser lawsuit to settle out of court - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock police taser lawsuit to settle out of court

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Belinda Ann Sarabia was arrested for resisting arrest.  The charges were dropped in Marc. Image from Lubbock County S.O. Belinda Ann Sarabia was arrested for resisting arrest. The charges were dropped in Marc. Image from Lubbock County S.O.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Back in January of 2010, a Lubbock woman, Belinda Sarabia, 46, sued Lubbock Police Officer Sadie Hockenberry.  Now, there's word the two sides might settle out of court.

The judge on Monday signed an order to close the case, but it can be reopened if the settlement falls apart.  So far, terms of any deal are not available.

Sarabia originally claimed that officer Hockenberry tased her 20 times, in September of 2009 near 58th and Elgin, for doing nothing more than refusing to get out of the passenger seat of a car that was parked along the side of a residential street.

But as the case progressed, Sarabia backed off the claims of being tased 20 times.  Now she claims it was only seven times.  Court records say Hockenberry intended to arrest Sarabia for public intoxication.

Officer Hockenberry claims it was only three times and Hockenberry also claims that Sarabia was kicking and screaming, so use of the taser was needed. 

Last month charges of resisting arrest against sarabia were dismissed "in the interest of justice," which is sometimes a way of saying there is not enough evidence.  If in fact there is a settlement, details will eventually become public record.  KCBD NewsChannel 11 will continue looking for updates.

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