- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A Sonoma County man who had criminal charges dismissed after video emerged showing correctional deputies beating him and shocking him with a stun gun more than 20 times has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1DRov93) that Esa Wroth’s lawsuit contends deputies used excessive force when they knocked the handcuffed man to the ground and began punching and kicking him.

The 28-year-old says his civil rights were violated in the Jan. 2, 2013, incident that happened as he was being booked into the jail on drunken-driving charges.

Prosecutors eventually dismissed resisting and assault charges against Wroth in exchange for his plea to an alcohol-related reckless driving charge.

The suit names Sheriff Steve Frietas as well as five correctional officers.



Sheriff’s officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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