Lawyer: Anaheim Police Beat Up My Client After He Vomited On Them, Took Cell-Phone from Victim's Mother

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A cell phone video posted to YouTube that has gone viral showing a man punched numerous times with his head being smashed into the ground while being restrained has been verified as happening in Anaheim, and a federal lawsuit against officers and the Anaheim Police Department is forthcoming.

Steven Paul Perez is named as the 21-year old shown on the floor audibly saying "I'm afraid" and "I quit" numerous times before additional police arrived on the scene.

The incident took place on Western Avenue near the Lincoln Avenue intersection in West Anaheim on the night of August 27. The iron gate designs and colors of the Anaheim Villas apartment complex definitely matches that of those shown on the video.

Bruce C. Bridgman, an attorney representing Perez, tells the Weekly in an interview that his client was intoxicated that night, came home and got into an argument with his brother. Their mother then placed a call to the police to intervene. Initially, Perez had been escorted back into his home. He then vomited, dirtying one of the officer's uniform. At that point, Perez was taken back out and beat up.

"The continued beating was totally unwarranted," Bridgman says of what's shown on the amateur footage. "Striking his head on the concrete and hitting him in the face repeatedly was certainly not called for." 

The lawsuit will allege excessive force and a clear violation of civil rights. Perez was taken to the hospital after the incident and his attorney lists his injuries as minor: bruises, cuts, and lacerations. Perez was charged with domestic violence, but no family member is following up on that front.

In fact, his mother, who can be heard and seen in the cell phone video, yelled at the police when her son was visibly being struck.

"The officer who did most of the beating went over and checked the mother to see if she had taken pictures of what happened and took the phone away from her," Bridgman says of what happened afterward. "But they didn't realize that a next-door neighbor had a phone and had taken video."


This, of course, comes after residents of Anna Drive in East Anaheim alleged police officers offered to buy their cell phones from them after they fired projectiles at a crowd that had gathered following the fatal officer-involved shooting of Manuel Diaz on July 21. The growing concern over police conduct is not lost on Bridgman. In preparing the suit, he says there has been well over a dozen witnesses interviewed who have been described as compelling.

"I think the fact that they tried to destroy or eliminate any pictures of what happened," Bridgman said, "is pretty much admitting that they did something that they didn't want anyone to know about." 

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26 comments
fc2479
fc2479 topcommenter

I would punch him too if he vomited on me.....what's with all these stupid articles....must be a slow day at OcWeekly

Chris Moran
Chris Moran

May we assume that these Anaheim Police-Men are genuinely stupid or what? ... Let's just start with an IQ of 31 and work our way up ...

Pedro Delgado
Pedro Delgado

They are the problem by trying to fix the problem with violence or did you not saw the video were they kill the homeless men in fullerton the 2 shootings on unarmed subjects in anaheim and now this. Orange county have a problem with police violence.Gangs are not after police,but i think that if cops keep at it then gangs will go after them just like if they were rival gangs cause that's what the police is a gang with public badges.

truthbetold
truthbetold

Does Anaheim only have Latino's residing in it? EVERY major police brutality charge has a Latino behind it...In fact, one of the shot and killed gang member's family waited a whopping 3 days before filing a million plus lawsuit...Funny thing is, she needed an interpreter, but very clearly pronounced the money accurately. I guess when you have so many kids, one is bound to bring a payday, either in life or death......... 

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Let's hear the APD side of the story before we leap to conclusions. 

Christian Rieger
Christian Rieger

yeah, anaheim's problems are the cops! not the gangs, drugs and violence! Righhhhht!

TheFullertonista
TheFullertonista

Three strikes, you're out.  Fire Welter and have Federal oversight of the APD.  Now!!!

breakfastinbeard
breakfastinbeard

NEVER call the Police. THEY ONLY COME TO MAKE THINGS WORSE.

Eowyn Camael
Eowyn Camael

= O OMG.....Gee This Crap Again......-__- Sigh......My Anaheim, it seems it became a Police State..... :(

pedrodelgado2012
pedrodelgado2012

 @truthbetold Everyone sues  the police when they do wrong I guess your bitch ass mom whom my labrador dog fuck last year is waiting for you to get cap so she can cash in your ass  too mother fucker.....do not reply unless you want my dog to go hump your mom again.

 

AnaheimConfidential
AnaheimConfidential

 @20ftjesus Officers Porkchop, Hamhocks, and Cheesesteak were struggling with a dangerous and intoxicated suspect who was armed with a lethal weapon in the form of a sharpened pencil.  It took approximately 17 blows to the face to subdue the struggling gangbanger who was attempting to pull a firearm from Officer Hashbrown's waistband. After subduing him, he continued to resist arrest by moaning and pleading for us to stop.  This dangerous action resulted in approximately 28 more blows to the head and face until the suspect began to cooperate while unconscious. Office Porkchop sustained several injuries to his fingers while pounding the suspect and received a commendation and medal from Chief Welter.

-paulc-
-paulc-

 @jl641  @truthbetold  And what keen deduction brough you to that conclusion?  All i see are working class americans.  What you see, someone of color...making you a bigot.

truthbetold
truthbetold

 @pedrodelgado2012 You may also want to re-enroll in ESL-typing.....the only word you used that impressed me was "whom"...And do not reply until you've attended that typing in English course, so we readers can better, "Understand the words coming from out your fingertips"....

truthbetold
truthbetold

 @pedrodelgado2012 Everyone sues the police??...haha, EVERYONE who is on Government welfare and Section 8 maybe....How about telling your people to stop using the system as a lifestyle and permanent crutch, and become a responsible class of people....Get off the WIC/Section 8/Welfare/CAPI/EBT/General Relief....If you act and live like a "perro, expect to be treated like a perro. If you live like a burro, expect to be treated like a burro. Respect is earned, not handed out.

etta_mae
etta_mae

 @pedrodelgado2012  @truthbetold Pedro, your mom fucks labradors? I thought you looked especially whiskery around the muzzle. 

 

Probably shouldn't brag to much about it though, pedro.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

@ageofknowledge [Cuckoo clock] "Cuckoo! … cuckoo! … cuckoo!"

truthbetold
truthbetold

 @killian101 

working class????? Where does it say anything about these P.O.S. working? The only thing they do is "Work" the system...you need to take your head out of your ass, or stop sitting on your brains.....2 gangbanger pieces of shit are dead, where they would've wound up anyhow, one drunken 21 year old pukeboy committing domestic violence, enough so, that the mother calls the cops to restrain him. Apparently she couldn't control him, so let it become someone elses problem....And now on the front page Jose Guzman, who stabbed a Del Taco manager 8 times, just to get "chump change"...They all have one thing in common....Hispanic. If you act like an animal, you should be treated like one...

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