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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.

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JustWondering Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:40 a.m.

Nothing to see here, just another overly intoxicated irresponsible adult, who wants to penalize the taxpayers for his backfield in motion.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 10:07 a.m.

JustWondering: Are you suggesting he was a tight end? Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Oct. 19, 2017 @ 5:35 p.m.

No. Isn’t it obvious Mr. Walker wore out his welcome by causing a commotion with nearby fans who were happy to enjoy the game and notify the police of the problem. Remember, while the NFL has a policy governing fan conduct and ejections, the police don’t typically take action on their own. They respond to complaints.

But thanks for playing along.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:09 p.m.

JustWondering: This wasn't an NFL game -- it was the Holiday Bowl -- but your points are very well taken. As I said, I have seen many such suits before. I suspect that few are successful. Best, Don Bauder

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IanJones55 Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:41 p.m.

Or some police officers who beat someone's ass for no reason.

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 8:03 a.m.

IanJones55: Yes, there are lots of suits about cops beating up someone for dubious -- or no -- reason. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 10:05 a.m.

Mike Murphy: There appears to be too much of something -- the police's testosterone or the plaintiff's "high-spiritedness." In any case, football tackles should be on the field, not in the stands. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Oct. 19, 2017 @ 11:50 a.m.

We all know men don't think with anything above the belt.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 3:44 p.m.

shirleyberan: True: men don't think above the belt. And I am a male making that admission. Best, Don Bauder

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Shotgun Shela Oct. 19, 2017 @ 1:52 p.m.

sorry, NO! One must BE responsible for one's OWN ACTIONS!

You drink and drive you LOSE!

You drink and fight, [ cause a disturbance ] you LOSE!

YOU CAUSED your OWN misfortune -- now LIVE with it!

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IanJones55 Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:45 p.m.

He wasn't charged with drunk and disorderly. Or anything else for that matter.

If anyone gets in an argument at a football game they should get their ass beat by the police according to you. Good to know.

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 8:07 a.m.

IanJones55: One of the cops who grabbed him said that it was because he was being drunk and disorderly. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 3:46 p.m.

Shotgun Shela: I am sure that is what the city will argue in this suit. There have been lots of suits like it in the past. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Oct. 19, 2017 @ 4:59 p.m.

Now that Charger football has left San Diego, idiots like this will have fewer opportunities to imbibe ridiculous amounts. It will be interesting to see what happens at Aztec games, i.e. if there is an uptick in incidents like this with the NFL no longer present.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:13 p.m.

JustWondering: I have seen rowdy behavior by students at college games -- even in the 1950s. I just don't know whether it will pick up at Aztec games. Best, Don Bauder

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IanJones55 Oct. 19, 2017 @ 5:48 p.m.

I actually just saw this story on channel 10. They said he was arrested for felony resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, and battery on an officer.

How do you go from drunk and disorderly, to felony charges, to all charges dropped?

Sounds like someone is trying to cover their ass.

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:16 p.m.

IanJones55: According to the suit, the person who originally had a shouting match with the plaintiff did not want to file charges. That may be one reason the charges weren't pressed. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 19, 2017 @ 10 p.m.

Sometimes they get arrested for their own protection. It's kind of a Catch-22 for the officers. If they leave him alone, while he is intoxicated and he hurts himself or another party, then the police can be blamed because they contacted an intoxicated individual and did not detain him. This is where the police cannot win, if they leave him be and he hurts himself or someone else, the police are considered negligent. If they arrest him (basically to let him sober up, whether in the back of a police car, County Detox or a jail cell, then he was arrested "without cause." How the story and context changes once the drunk obnoxious fan is now a nice sober young man talking to a lawyer about how he was mistreated, it was only a football game. The police were sober, Walker was "high-spiritedness" or without the doublespeak simply "high" and now he thinks he and whatever legal eagle who has swooped in for a payday think they can convince a jury it was police brutality. The body slams and taser were non-lethal responses the police used to subdue an uncooperative and inebriated individual.

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JustWondering Oct. 19, 2017 @ 10:08 p.m.

Dammed if they do, dammed if they don’t. What’s a cop supposed to do.

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 12:58 p.m.

JustWondering: In years past, a cop would just pray he didn't have to be on duty at the Oakland Raiders game, the rowdiest of all by far. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 8:10 a.m.

Ponzi: That is a good point. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Oct. 19, 2017 @ 7:39 p.m.

Over and over the cops get really rough with an arrest or other citizen interaction and then . . . no charges are filed. I'd think the city attorney would get fed up with these arrests and multiple crime allegations when there's little or nothing to back them up. But then we have to remember who was city attorney until the last election. With him, who was to know?

Pummeling some drunk and disorderly fan in the stands just doesn't seem necessary. But the current batch of SDPD cops have been trained to bash heads if there's any sort of contest. That's one of the many things that department needs to change, and that a new chief might, and I stress might, go to work on.

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MURPHYJUNK Oct. 20, 2017 @ 7:43 a.m.

he probably got a choice after the magic of the moment was over, don't file a suit, and the da will not file charges . ( and the da has lawyers, he has to hire one)

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 8:12 a.m.

Murphyjunk: That is something we don't know. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:21 p.m.

Visduh: Since we weren't there to see this scrum, it's hard to draw a conclusion. But I am sure taxpayers hope this plaintiff doesn't get paid a fat sum to go away. Best, Don Bauder

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IanJones55 Oct. 19, 2017 @ 8:36 p.m.

If you bash someone with a baton and taser them you better damn well make something stick.

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 8:13 a.m.

IanJones55: Of course, the plaintiff has to prove that he was bashed with a baton and tasseled in court. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Oct. 20, 2017 @ 11:19 a.m.

Don - if the cop tasseled the guy he should get the money first.

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Don Bauder Oct. 20, 2017 @ 1:03 p.m.

shirleyeran: For the first time in my life, I have a computer that takes a typo and replaces it with another word that it thinks I meant. Often, that word is wrong. This is the case here. I attempted to write "tasered" and the computer changed it to "tasseled." I should have caught that. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Oct. 21, 2017 @ 10:33 a.m.

Technology is supposed to make life easier, not more complicated. These spelling correction utilities can be wonderful most of the time, but when they change something and alter the meaning, can cause real grief.

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Don Bauder Oct. 21, 2017 @ 1:51 p.m.

Visduh: Yes, and after I discovered the word "tasseled," I tried to change it to "tazered" several times before it made the change. This time it took only one try. Best, Don

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JustWondering Oct. 21, 2017 @ 3:58 p.m.

You don’t get “tasered” (it’s actually spelled with the letter ‘s’, not a ‘z’) unless you are not complying with the officer’s orders. Most people comply right away, others, the ones usuallly under the influence of something, typically don’t. And that’s how “high spiritedness” gets tackled in the stands.

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Don Bauder Oct. 21, 2017 @ 6:26 p.m.

JustWondering: Funny. When we were out for dinner tonight, I realized suddenly that taser is not spelled with a "z" and I wondered who would point it out. Many thanks for doing so. And you make a good point: tasers usually come out when an arrestee is not cooperating. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 21, 2017 @ 8:05 p.m.

Maybe they wanted it to sound like LASER. LASER is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Taser is not an acronym, just a brand name for the device.

“Don’t tase me bro!”

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JustWondering Oct. 22, 2017 @ 5:33 a.m.

Ponzu: Careful my friend, that phrase is actually trademarked. God, ain't America great! You can make an entrepreneurial buck doing most anything, including getting "tased, bro".

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Florida_Taser_incident

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danfogel Oct. 22, 2017 @ 7:42 a.m.

Actually, as I recall, that trademark was filed only in the clothing category and has since been abandoned. So I think you're good, Ponzi.

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JustWondering Oct. 22, 2017 @ 11:54 a.m.

To be honest, I was just teasing Ponzi. That phrase, “Don’t tase me, bro” triggered some memories of that time. In addition, there certainly is the fair use doctrine. But what I most remember it, was the speculation that the whole thing was staged to get the cops to react or over react.

If it was staged it certainly wasn’t the first and won’t be the last time events have been staged for somebody’s benefit. The difference between then and now, social media. With today instant information, real or not, literally anyone is able to spin the facts, or fiction, into whatever they please. Some decry fake news, other figure out sometimes it begins with fake events

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Don Bauder Oct. 23, 2017 @ 10:16 a.m.

JustWondering; Note that in this case, "Tase" is capitalized, so Ponzi won't be hauled into court or jail. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 23, 2017 @ 10:13 a.m.

danfogel: We don't want anybody on this blog hauled into court for not capitalizing a word when it is being used as a verb. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 23, 2017 @ 10:09 a.m.

Ponzi: There used to be a pro soccer team named the Lazers, (Might still be, for all I know.) In any case, lazers are those who laze. I don't remember if it was true of this team. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 23, 2017 @ 10:11 a.m.

Ponzi: If it's a brand name, shouldn't it be capitalized, as in "Don't Tase me, Bro?" Best, Don Bauder

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danfogel Oct. 23, 2017 @ 10:28 a.m.

don bauder, The only one that comes to mind is the LA Lazers. They played back in the old MISL. I am pretty sure we saw them play the SD Sockers a time or two. They were owned by Dr. Jerry Buss, back at the time he also owned The Forum, the Lakers, The Kings and an indoor pro tennis team whose name escapes me at the moment.

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Don Bauder Oct. 23, 2017 @ 6:39 p.m.

danfogel: Yes, it was the LA Lazers. I remember commenting about it to the family at the time. The team might not have been lazy, but I am sure it lost to the Sockers, who won almost all the time. My wife and I and our sons, now age 47 and 50, went to many Sockers games and enjoyed the indoor sport greatly -- again, in part because the Sockers almost always won. Best, Don Bauder

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