Fullerton Settles Dirty Cop Lawsuit Before Federal Jury Trial

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Hampton: Police state actor
In June 2010, Edward Quinonez was standing on a public sidewalk smoking a cigarette when Fullerton Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop nearby. Officer Kenton Hampton didn't like Quinonez watching the incident and so he ordered the man, who was standing 20 feet away, to "move along." Quinonez, who was no threat to officer safety, declined the illegal order and found himself under the violent wrath of the cop.

According to court records, Hampton decided he needed to arrest Quinonez because he claimed he smelled the "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person," and his "eyes were red, bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred." The officer also added that the man couldn't stand on his own; he then handcuffed him and slammed his head up against a wall.

But there were four huge problems for Hampton, who took an oath to be an honest public servant and agreed, per Fullerton PD policy, to treat members of the public with respect.

One: As police audio recordings captured, Quinonez's speech hadn't been slurred.

Two: As police video recordings captured, Quinonez had no problem standing or walking.

Three: As a police blood alcohol test captured, Quinonez's breath couldn't have smelled of alcohol.

Hampton had arrested a man for being drunk in public whose blood-alcohol content proved he'd been entirely sober.

According to official tests, the amount of alcohol found in Quinonez's body?

Answer: 0.00

Immediately after the arrest, a St. Jude Medical Center doctor didn't see a single sign of any intoxication--including for marijuana--while he treated the head wound Hampton inflicted on Quinonez.

Four: During the arrest, Hampton was recorded telling his partner that he arrested Quinonez not for public intoxication, but rather because he just thought the man "was a fucking asshole" who'd made a "fucking smart-ass comment."

Making a smart-ass comment to a cop isn't illegal in the United States--yet, but that didn't matter to Hampton, who privately made a revealing remark to his partner that night.

Said Hampton, "He may not have been drinking, but when I asked, 'What's your name?' he said, "None of your fucking business.'"

Hiring attorney Garo Mardirossian, Quinonez filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city in January 2012.

The city, of course, denied Hampton did anything unethical, like they always do when a citizen complains of dirty officer conduct.

In fact, lawyers for the defendant laughably tried to claim that the cop was the victim of Quinonez's racism against black people.

But as the scheduled July 9 trial approached, Mardirossian hired retired, veteran police officer William P. Flynn to study the case and offer an expert opinion.

Flynn, whose credentials are impeccable, was prepared to testify that Hampton--a man rejected for duty by numerous police departments before Fullerton PD hired him--filed a blatantly false report; the real reason for the arrest was not valid, "contempt of cop;" and Fullerton PD had "hired a person with a propensity for dishonesty," according to court records.

The expert won't be testifying because a month before the trial launch, city officials decided to offer $25,000 to settle the case.

Quinonez accepted.

This week inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna issued a judgment in the plaintiff's favor and closed the case.

Hampton was one of the officers involved in the July 2011 incident where an unarmed Kelly Thomas was unnecessarily beaten to death by a group of cops.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed pending criminal charges against three officers involved in the killing, but not against Hampton.

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SwEtMsry
SwEtMsry

WHY IS THIS MURDERING TOAD STILL EMPLOYED BY FPD????  

949girl
949girl topcommenter

$25K is pretty low to settle for.  I"m sure if he had taken this to trial he would have received a lot more. 

18usc241
18usc241

Also, notice the callousness of Kenton "the sociopath" Hampton. He thinks nothing of ruining someone's life simply because he couldn't handle a few harsh words. Doesn't even consider whether this person has family depending on him. Asshole Asshole. Asshole. Now for the bad news: if you are saying to yourself "well it's just a few bad apples and not the norm" - wrong! In OC it's the norm. Sorry - but the preceding is based on over 15 years of observation.

18usc241
18usc241

Fullerton police officer Kenton Hampton thought he could order a citizen to stop filming him because he is a blooming idiot that doesn't understand that the courts (including the Supremes) have already ruled on this. Or he just doesn't give a damn because this is Orange County CA and he knows there are just enough criminals above him to play cover.

Another theory, that his leadership is deliberately keeping him ignorant of current law to maximize what they can get away with. After all, it's your taxpayer money being used to settle all the lawsuits. What do they care? Even an asshole in federal prison is collecting his pension.

omg0
omg0

That this  continues, is the problem.  For other cases, specifically targeting women, see www.familylawcourts.com/bad_cop.html

or Bad Cop 2  (for kids)

The problem is who HIRES these guys?

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

The only thing Quinonez did wrong was accept for $25,000.  

At minimum, he should have paid 5 times that.  


fc2479
fc2479

Good job Hampton!!!!!!  Quinonez  should have just obeyed and moved on.  The fact of the matter is the Police run the streets...just look at Anahiem, they should be going to the White House for SharpShooter medals....Hampton should have said he saw this clown make furtive movements, he was in fear of his life and let nature take its course...oh well live and learn

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and there is no justice without money and nobody has any money because there aren't any jobs being offered. I am broke and I am unemployed.

The City of Costa Mesa is mathematically bankrupt, there is no job creation going on here but we've held a 60th birthday bash for the city in front of the police department to raise revenue in a city that is broke where the mayor went after the union people that employs and works for him.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

And I'm being accused of elder abuse when no abuse happened because the man is an alzheimers/dementia patient.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"In June 2010, Edward Quinonez was standing on a public sidewalk smoking a cigarette when Fullerton Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop nearby. Officer Kenton Hampton didn't like Quinonez watching the incident and so he ordered the man, who was standing 20 feet away, to "move along." Quinonez, who was no threat to officer safety, declined the illegal order and found himself under the violent wrath of the cop".

The cop was and is clearly in the wrong because it's none of the cops business if someone is watching him "80 percent of all cops are criminals and violate the laws while on duty". Why is a cop using violence against a man that did nothing but was looking. The cops know that they are doing wrong.

Shelly Kearney
Shelly Kearney

yes, as well as blatney, wren..long live fullerton corruption..

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Moxley, do you have an archive of incidents where Police officers have been caught outright lying in reports and on the witness stands? Also, this Is the first time Ive heard of Hampton being a black guy. This whole time I always thought he was a white guy. Just noting that.

Julie McDonnell
Julie McDonnell

Disgusting. It is unbelievable that he wasn't fired. He'll do it again. He's a ticking time bomb.

unclerayray
unclerayray

@18usc241 yeah, Kenton deserves life in prison for this assault and putting someone in jail purely because he doesn't like him.  False imprisonment.  Cops need to be held at a higher standard, not a lower standard.... we have enough criminals held at a lower standard.

caseyryank9
caseyryank9

@JBinOC Sounds good to me. 

But every damn payout should come out of the retirement funds set aside for cops. 

That would quickly end the Open Season cops nationwide have on citizens. 

18usc241
18usc241

"the police run the streets"

HA HA HA. I guess that's why they run down the street when they see me coming.

What one Latino man can do Gustavo with the full backing of the Constitution of the United States.

The police own nothing but an

overblown opinion of themselves.

omg0
omg0

@fc2479  This is America pal.  Not Germany.

caseyryank9
caseyryank9

@fc2479 Yes, the liar cop should have done a better job lying and then he wouldn't have been in this situation. 

Thanks for the brilliant comment, officer. 

fc2479
fc2479

@Shelly Kearney Right on Shelly!!!!!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and there is no justice without money and nobody has any because there aren't any jobs being offered.

omg0
omg0

@Julie McDonnell   

 New in town?  www.familylawcourts.com/bad_cop.html

 

fc2479
fc2479

@18usc241 What the hell are you talking about...douche...the fine Officer is still employed, promoted in fact....

fc2479
fc2479

@omg0 @fc2479 Think you meant Nazi Germany...although I am sure the cops there kick their fair share of ASS....It's a beautiful thing...

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