Police, The Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

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


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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