A football tackle can be a thrilling thing to see, but not in the stands when the police are tackling a fan, says a suit filed in federal court October 16.
Jason Walker is suing the city and two police officers for damages resulting from an incident at last year's Holiday Bowl at the stadium then named for Qualcomm — and now named for the San Diego County Credit Union.
According to the suit, Walker had an argument with a nearby spectator "who was apparently upset with Mr. Walker's high-spiritedness," says the suit. A police officer wanted to take Walker into custody for being drunk and disorderly. A second officer joined the first.
"As the officers tackled Mr. Walker, Mr. Walker fell downward toward the field, struggling not to crash into the rows below." Then came wrist locks, body slams, punches, baton strikes, and a 50,000 jolt to Walker's torso, according to the suit.
City prosecutors dropped charges against Walker, according to the suit. Walker asks to be awarded damages for the officers' alleged behavior.