- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a temporary halt to an excessive force lawsuit against the city of Santa Ana and several police officers who were shown on surveillance video punching a suspect and hitting him in the legs with a baton.

KPCC-FM reports (https://bit.ly/1SB8KFa ) that U.S. District Court Judge David Carter on Tuesday suspended proceedings so that a federal grand jury could complete its criminal investigation into the officers’ beating. If the civil case continued, anything the officers said could have been used against them in any eventual criminal proceedings.

Edgar Vargas Arzate filed suit in April against Santa Ana, the police chief and six officers involved in his June 2014 burglary arrest.

Civil proceedings are scheduled to resume Nov. 17 depending on what happens with the grand jury investigation.

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Information from: KPCC-FM, https://www.scpr.org/

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