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Are our cops really this bad?

Lawsuit alleges drug-bust action resulted in unprovoked shootings

A man and woman are suing the City of San Diego and its police force for damages after police officers allegedly shot both victims without cause through a front window of the home they were staying in.

According to the complaint, officers arrived at the residence on 64th Street in Encanto on February 27 to investigate possible drug activity. Once at the house, an unnamed officer knocked on a window with a flashlight, breaking the window. Seeing activity inside, the officer allegedly fired several rounds, striking Henry Gonzalez and Clara Isabel Castro in the legs.

From the complaint: "...members of the narcotics-enforcement team from the San Diego Police Department went to plaintiff's residence...to serve a search warrant. One of the officers knocked on a window of the residence to announce their presence, which broke.

"Plaintiff Henry Gonzalez was sleeping in the living room when startled by the noise began to stand and was shot several times by an officer. The officer believed defendant... grabbed a gun, and the officer started firing several rounds without cause into the window, wounding both plaintiffs. [Gonzalez] was shot several times on his hip causing permanent injuries. [Castro] was shot several times in her legs, causing permanent injuries. Plaintiffs were transported via ambulance to a local hospital."

Attorneys for Gonzalez and Castro feel the city should be held liable for what was "unreasonable, unjustified, and excessive force" by the police officer. They blame the city for failing to properly train and supervise the officers involved in the shooting. The plaintiffs are seeking damages from both the city and the officer involved.

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A man and woman are suing the City of San Diego and its police force for damages after police officers allegedly shot both victims without cause through a front window of the home they were staying in.

According to the complaint, officers arrived at the residence on 64th Street in Encanto on February 27 to investigate possible drug activity. Once at the house, an unnamed officer knocked on a window with a flashlight, breaking the window. Seeing activity inside, the officer allegedly fired several rounds, striking Henry Gonzalez and Clara Isabel Castro in the legs.

From the complaint: "...members of the narcotics-enforcement team from the San Diego Police Department went to plaintiff's residence...to serve a search warrant. One of the officers knocked on a window of the residence to announce their presence, which broke.

"Plaintiff Henry Gonzalez was sleeping in the living room when startled by the noise began to stand and was shot several times by an officer. The officer believed defendant... grabbed a gun, and the officer started firing several rounds without cause into the window, wounding both plaintiffs. [Gonzalez] was shot several times on his hip causing permanent injuries. [Castro] was shot several times in her legs, causing permanent injuries. Plaintiffs were transported via ambulance to a local hospital."

Attorneys for Gonzalez and Castro feel the city should be held liable for what was "unreasonable, unjustified, and excessive force" by the police officer. They blame the city for failing to properly train and supervise the officers involved in the shooting. The plaintiffs are seeking damages from both the city and the officer involved.

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Are the Reader's writers really that bad? Was a weapon found? Were drugs found? Were the residents charged with crimes?

March 5, 2015

You bet they are. SD area Police and Sheriff Departments have more than the usual number of authoritarian, pushy, aggressive, bullying and gang type hard ass and violent law enforcement officers. That character type is definitely drawn to law enforcement, because they know they can get paid to abuse the public and get away with it.

March 5, 2015

Yes, YOUR police really ARE that bad. In OUR neighbourhoods, that is.... Nationwide. Wake up and smell the coffee and I don't mean your Starbucks....

Aug. 28, 2015

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