25-year-old Cesar Medina has filed a civil rights lawsuit against West Valley Police Officer, Jared Cardon. Medina claims he didn’t deserve the treatment he received and has video evidence supporting his claim.
Medina said he was on the way to his girlfriend’s house when he noticed a police officer following him. The officer followed him for several blocks but did not activate his lights or siren. When Medina got to his girlfriend’s house he said the officer yelled at him to stay in his truck. The camera then began recording and showed the officer approaching Medina who was standing by his truck. The officers approached Medina and pushed him to the ground. The officer then began searching Medina while he was handcuffed on the ground.
The camera showed Officer Cardon asking Medina’s girlfriend if the truck was stolen. Medina said he borrowed the truck from a friend that day. According to KUTV.com, Medina asked the officer why he was pulled over. Officer Cardon told him he was had run a stop sign. Later in court, the stop sign charge was thrown out and Medina was cited for going 15 miles over the speed limit- which Medina denies.
Medina’s attorney said the officer used excessive force for no apparent reason. “The only reason you can use excessive force in effecting an arrest is if the suspect is somehow a threat, he is armed, he is fleeing.” Medina’s attorney believe the officer “stereotyped” and the was the reasoning behind the excessive force.
It is difficult to know all the details of the case. The camera did not catch the alleged traffic violations or the conversation that took place before Medina was thrown to the ground. It does appear that Medina had his hands in plain site and was not looking to flee the scene or resist arrest.
I think it is fair to say that no one reading this article would want to be treated the way Cesar Medina was treated. Since when do officers have the right to forcibly throw a speeder to the ground and cuff them when they are posing no threat to this rogue officer? Under the U.S. Constitution, they do not. I’m glad this suit is being brought. While I don’t think it will be a big money winner for Mr. Medina, I’m glad that the restrictions on law enforcement, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being enforced against this officer and the police force he belongs to.