A Southern California man is accusing Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in a federal civil rights lawsuit of attacking him and using a Taser on his genitals while his mother watched.
Daniel Johnson, 26, filed the lawsuit in January against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after deputies allegedly threw him to the ground and attacked him for asking if he could pick up his father’s cigarette to avoid a fine.
Johnson was cooking dinner at his mother’s Altadena home on Dec. 26, 2012, when a man knocked on the door to tell Johnson his father was being ticketed outside for putting out a cigarette on the ground, according to the filed complaint.
The complaint describes Johnson’s father as a 58-year-old disabled man who walks with a cane and often drops things because of nerve damage in his hands.
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