Christina Cocca and Gadi Schwartz
NBC Los Angeles
February 9, 2014
A Southern California man is accusing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in a federal civil rights lawsuit of attacking him and using a Taser on his genitals while his mother watched.
Daniel Johnson, 26, filed the lawsuit in January against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after deputies allegedly threw him to the ground and attacked him for asking if he could pick up his father’s cigarette to avoid a fine.
Johnson was cooking dinner at his mother’s Altadena home on Dec. 26, 2012, when a man knocked on the door to tell Johnson his father was being ticketed outside for putting out a cigarette on the ground, according to the filed complaint.
The complaint describes Johnson’s father as a 58-year-old disabled man who walks with a cane and often drops things because of nerve damage in his hands.
LA Sheriff’s “Deputy Abdulfattah,” as named in the complaint, explained to Johnson he was giving his father a $1,000 ticket and community service for littering.
Johnson offered to pick the cigarette up from the ground, when Abdulfattah told Johnson, “I can write you a ticket too if you want,” according to the complaint.
“I asked if it would be possible for me to just pick it up,” Johnson told NBC4. “We don’t have $1,000 to pay that ticket.”
Johnson’s mother came outside as Johnson began to walk away, until the other deputy, named in the complaint as “Deputy Russell,” allegedly grabbed Johnson from behind and tried to slam him against the patrol car and into a concrete post, the complaint states.
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