Joshua Rich, Arrested Anaheim Protester, Sued Police for Alleged Beating in 2005

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Joshua Rich arrested after police claim he had a gun

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On July 24, Joshua Rich was the first demonstrator arrested outside of Anaheim City Hall during a protest against the police shootings of Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo. The 37-year-old Anaheim resident was the demonstrator rumored to have a gun during a protest that turned into civil unrest into the night.

Rich told OC Weekly he did not have a gun, and claims he was targeted because of his "biker dude" appearance. According to Orange County Superior Court records, Rich was charged with resisting arrest--and it wasn't the first time Anaheim police had messed with him.

He claims to have been subject to police abuse and harrassment over several years while living in the city. In 2005, Rich sued the Anaheim Police after he suffered major injuries after an alleged beating outside of his home. The encounter did not result in his arrest, and the only other infraction Rich has in Orange County is a speeding ticket.

During the July 24 protest, Anaheim Police Sergeant Bob Dunn told NBC News a man was booked for resisting arrest after officers received a call that he may have a gun in his waistband, however, no weapons were found. A video on KCAL 9 News captured Rich's arrest, which was right after a crowd started running to the side of City Hall after protesters claimed seeing a police officer pulling out a 9mm handgun. The footage of the arrest can be seen at 35 seconds into the video.


The KCAL reporter claims Rich was throwing rocks, but Rich was never told that's why he was being detained and denies he threw any objects during the protest; not to mention, police had told the media that the reason he was arrested was because they thought he had a gun. Rich says he was not beat this time around, but did have some bruises and lacerations.

During his encounter with police that led to the aforementioned lawsuit, he suffered a dislocated shoulder, internal stomach bleeding and chipped teeth after the alleged beating took place over several minutes, which he compared to the Kelly Thomas and Rodney King police beatings. He says he was offered a settlement, which he refused as it barely covered his medical expenses. The case ended up going to trial, and the jury ultimately sided with the Anaheim Police.

Rich is a former robotics engineer and has worked on several major motion pictures and commercials as a special effects manager. Currently he runs a software business with clients that include major banks, and he invests in real estate.  

As a homeowner in Anaheim for six years, he says he has spent too much time and money trying to battle false police accusations. Rich says he wants rent his house out to tourists and move "far far away," preferably a house on the beach.

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15 comments
JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Hi Amber! Police have the authority to detain and not charge riot instigators! James Robert Reade

ernestogoldstein
ernestogoldstein

This story is somewhat of a mess. It reads like the bio was just slapped on the end because the writer didn't know what else to do with it. Why would the KCAL reporter claim he was throwing rocks if he really wasn't? An interview with that reporter would add credibility to the story.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

If you throw rocks at police, you're probably going to jail. 

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Any misunderstandings prior to July 28, 2010, the date we restored police credibility in Anaheim, do not count toward the present police administration. WhiteRoseAnaheim.com James Robert Reade

AmberJamie
AmberJamie

 @ernestogoldstein The KCAL reporter was not actually there when it happened - how do I know that? I was there. And how do I know that people started running after a protester claimed there was an officer with a 9mm gun pointed at everyone? Oh yeah, I was there. Also if you'll notice, the footage is from Focal Point, not KCAL. I am not sure how an interview with a reporter who wasn't there would help much, but thanks for trying!

ernestogoldstein
ernestogoldstein

 @GustavoArellano You obviously have a comprehension problem, there, Gussy-boy.

 

Please point out EXACTLY where I asked for credibility?

 

Yeah, thought so. 

ernestogoldstein
ernestogoldstein

 @AmberJamie  @20ftjesus You OC Weekly reporters, all of you, have an inferiority complex that is clearly demonstrated in your posts. Look at this single comment thread: You write: "Thanks for trying," " good luck,"  and "I do commend you for trying" and you guys label people "Know Nothings" who have an opinion different than yours. Really reflects on poor self-esteem. Must suck to be such whiny, sensitive losers who think they are journalists but are merely just opinion bloggers.

 

Yeah.  

AmberJamie
AmberJamie

 @ernestogoldstein  @20ftjesus Ah yes. Sgt Bob Dunn said he didn't have a gun but hey- maybe he did, even though police said he didn't! And they could have easily tacked on charges for throwing rocks but hey they didn't! I do commend you for trying.

AmberJamie
AmberJamie

 @ernestogoldstein  @AmberJamie  @20ftjesus Police told NBC he was suspected of having a gun but then told KCAL that he threw rocks. After he was detained, he was charged with resisting arrest. The answer is in there somewhere - good luck!

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