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Jury to decide whether Atlantic City Police Officer Franco Sydnor made a false arrest

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Case: Vazquez v. City of Atlantic City, Dist. Court, D. New Jersey 2014

Quote:

Plaintiff disputes the accuracy of Sydnor’s version of events. Plaintiff maintains the surveillance video shows he never touched Weiss prior to Sydnor grabbing him. (Pl.’s SUMF ¶ 20). Further, he alleges he never pushed Sydnor, grabbed Sydnor around the waist, or kicked, punched, or struck him. (Id. at ¶¶ 26-29). Plaintiff maintains the surveillance footage shows Sydnor grabbing and throwing Plaintiff to the ground, not the other way around. (Id. at ¶ 30). According to Plaintiff, he continually asked Sydnor “what are you doing?” when he was grabbed. (Id. at ¶ 22). Sydnor did not tell him that he was under arrest until after he was on the ground and handcuffed. After being handcuffed, Plaintiff states Sydnor said “you’re a firefighter tough guy? I’m going to make sure that you lose your pension. I’m going to make sure you lose your job.” (Id. at ¶ 23). Sydnor denies saying this to Plaintiff. (Sydnor’s Response to Plaintiff’s Facts (“Sydnor’s Resp. Pl.”), Dkt. Ent. 62, ¶ 23).

Written by Burgers Allday

July 5, 2014 at 7:12 am

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