$6 Million Claim for Damages Filed on Behalf of 6 People Alleging Police Brutality by El Monte PD

KNX 1070
June 01, 2020 - 2:47 pm

A group of several dozen protesters demanding an end to police brutality showed up to make their voices heard Monday.

A group of people, who were allegedly beaten by El Monte Police officers, filed a claim for $6 million in damages. According to their attorney, they had been hanging out in the backyard of their apartment building last month when a car pulled up, the driver got out and scaled a fence.

Not long after, El Monte Police arrived and began questioning them.

At some point, the cops starting allegedly beating them.

One man says a cop hit him in the head with a flashlight.  He had this to say when asked why he thought they did it.

"The way I dress, you know, they are judging me," he said.

Attorney James P. Segall-Gutierrez represents the man.

"This culture of violence by law enforcement in the city of El Monte is prevalent and it needs to stop," he said.

The claim filed is a precursor to a lawsuit.

There was no comment about the claim from the El Mont Police Department as of Monday afternoon.

Main video provided to KNX 1070 News by the Law Offices of Jaime Gutierrez