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On Monday (September 11), biker Arvaunti Victoria filed suit against the City of San Diego and certain police employees, claiming his civil rights were violated in an incident that happened a year ago. He charges that the city holds "the wrongful concept that all motorcycle clubs are criminal gangs."

He says he was riding on his motorcycle with a female passenger when he was arrested in September of last year for having loud pipes and no license plates. But he had a new motorcycle. He had donned a vest with the emblem Chosen Few before entering the Off Base Bar on Miramar Road. The cops, believing Chosen Few was an outlaw gang, nabbed him after he left, says the complaint. He had five rings on his hands and he was charged with having something similar to brass knuckles.

He paid $8000 bail but was eventually cleared of charges. He is claiming his civil rights were violated and he suffered emotional distress. The city attorney's office said it will look at the complaint when it comes in.

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shamus Sept. 16, 2017 @ 9:36 p.m.

False arrest is a big deal for those of you who claim no harm no foul. If he was singled out then something needs to be done. The arresting officer and his or her supervisor that approved it need to suffer the consequences we all do when we screw up at work.

This screw up took away a human beings freedom for some hours and cost him considerable monies. That damage is quantifiable. But the humility of being handcuffed, transported like that and then strip searched and booked and incarcerated are difficult to price. These things continue to happen because there is no penalty for the perps, in this case the police. Officers can be very cavalier about taking away someone's freedom, as if it is just an inconvenience we all have to suffer. We don't if the police do their jobs that we pay them to do. And if they are held accountable chances are it won't happen as often in the future.


Don Bauder Sept. 18, 2017 @ 4:20 p.m.

shamus: You have capsulized much of the plaintiff's argument. Best, Don Bauder


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