The Hawthorne City Council is considering a $300,000 settlement in a case were its police tasered an autistic teenager and then, after the family filed a complaint with the department, returned a week later and arrested the teenager.
There is a pending federal civil rights lawsuit related to the incident at Hawthorne Middle School. The lawsuit names police Officer Vincent Arias as the officer who used the taser on the teen. Arias said that he used the taser to protect other children.
The city just lost a motion to dismiss where it argued, among other things, that the boy had no standing to sue because he was not really injured.
What is striking is that there is no record of discipline in the case. While I understand that the officer claims the teen was combative, there is no mention of the suspicious arrest after the family filed their complaint.
Source: Daily Breeze