A videographer who was roughed up by Los Angeles police officers last year during a Critical Mass ride through Hollywood has filed a lawsuit.
According to the Contra Costa Times:
Manuel Gallegos claims he was riding east with other members of “Critical Mass,” an activist bicycling group that organizes mass rides that disrupt motor traffic, the night of last May 28, when he stopped to shoot a video on his cell phone after seeing officers pull a boy off his bicycle near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
About 400 bicyclists rode down Hollywood Boulevard to protest the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to his lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, shortly after recording an officer allegedly kicking a cyclist’s tire, Gallegos was “chased down by LAPD officers, who tackled him, dragged him off his bicycle and proceeded to beat and kick him.”
One officer stomped on his phone “in what is believed to be an attempt to destroy evidence of the unlawful conduct of the LAPD officers,” according to the complaint, which alleges civil rights violations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery and negligence.
The Contra Costa Times didn’t feel it was important enough to include the actual video, but we have it here because we reported on it when it first happened.