Anaheim Settles Police Brutality Lawsuit Filed By Ringling Brothers Circus Protester

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An Orange County man who accused Anaheim cops of committing police brutality during a 2010 animal rights protest of Ringling Brothers Circus at the Honda Center has won a settlement from the city before a federal jury could consider the case.

In his 2011 lawsuit, Bryan Monell claimed that he was videotaping the arrest of another protester when officer Christopher Pena got upset that his actions were being recorded, tackled Monell, caused a serious injury, confiscated the camera and then locked him in jail for more than 26 hours by falsely accusing him of interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.

Monell, who has protested animal cruelty hundreds of times without incident, suffered "a gash in his neck that required hospitalization and stitches," according to the lawsuit that also accused officers Jonathan Kirkpatrick and Angelica Mejia of violating his rights.

Federal court records show that Monell received undisclosed damages in exchange for him dropping the lawsuit that would have been heard in U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna's Santa Ana courtroom.

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Stop slamming your head into my baton or I will arrest you for assaulting my police tool and an OC judge will believe me!
A four-day trial had been scheduled for October.

Go HERE to read the Weekly's Matt Coker previously report on animal cruelty questions at the circus.

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etsnell
etsnell

Reade how much did you sue for and win from the Anaheim cop shop

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Did Amber and Gustavo receive their settlements yet! James Robert Reade

David C. Couper
David C. Couper

This is an great added cost policing our cities. Police need to be restrained, respectful and realize the rights of our "fourth estate." For a good insight into improving policing, I invite you to take a look at my new book and blog, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police.” My blog is at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/ where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues. Good luck and may we all experience great policing!

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Howard Stern
Howard Stern

In a public place, on public property, there is no expectation of privacy. In a private place place, such as private property, there is an expectation of privacy. In general when one is in public, one has no expectation of privacy. You want privacy, go hide in your room like Brian Wilson, no not the Giant, the Beach Boy.

James Crowley
James Crowley

Confiscated camera? He should have stomped that camera into the pavement. That's what ida done. Then made the perp log into his icloud and delete any photos of me. Don't even think about filming me in public. I'm not a cop but you're camera will get smashed. Privacy is serious business and your actions will have consequences.

Streets
Streets

And what happened to the pigs?

izzyhardigan
izzyhardigan

Like the "Brian Wilson" reference Too funny!

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