Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What's the Matter Wetback, Can't Take a Little Ass-Kicking?

Jamie Ross at the Courthouse News Service reports on Refugio Rodriguez's lawsuit against the Phoenix cops and the Maricopa authorities: 

"After T[ASERING], kicking and hitting a man in the head with flashlights while calling him a 'wetback,' Phoenix police officers falsely accused him of assaulting them and running away, but the man can't fight or run at all because he is paralyzed on one side of his body from childhood polio, he says in a civil rights complaint.


Refugio Rodriquez sued the city, Maricopa County, Maricopa County Correctional Health Services and the three Phoenix police officers he says assaulted him in the parking lot of a church.  Rodriquez, whom the officers accused of aggravated assault against a police officer after they Tasered, kicked and hit beat him with police-issued flashlights, says he could not have assaulted the officers or run because the left side of his body is paralyzed from polio.

Rodriquez the three officers - Tedesco, Mills and Neidenbach - approached him outside of a church on May 27, 2010.

They told him 'you better not run you (expletive) wetback' and then slammed him onto the concrete driveway 'in a manner which obviously exceeded the minimal amount of force necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose and continued to brutally assault plaintiff Refugio in the driveway,' according to the complaint in Maricopa County Court.

After they needlessly Tasered him, they handcuffed him and continued to kick and hit him in the head 'with their police-issued long flashlight,' the complaint states.  The officers stopped beating him after his wife, Josephine, and his two children 'screamed at and pled with the defendant officers to stop the beating,' according to the complaint. The officers told the wife and kids to 'stay across the street or that they would be 'in trouble.'

Rodriquez, who is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 140 lbs., says the officers did not let his family see him after they beat him, 'to cover up Refugio's bruises, scrapes and severe swelling of the head.'  The officers told his wife and children 'that there was nothing wrong with Refugio and that he was 'the same as when he left home awhile ago,' the complaint states.

But at the Maryvale police station, one of his assailants asked him, 'What's the matter, you can't take an ass-whipping?'  Rodriquez [reports.]

Rodriquez says the officers lied in their police report: that they wrote that he 'ran from the officers when they first came into contact ... which is totally impossible because plaintiff cannot run due to the paralysis on the whole left side of his body since his birth with polio.' [ . . . ]

Rodriquez says he was taken from the Maryvale police precinct to the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail, where the intake nurse told him 'he was going to be transported to the nearest hospital emergency room via an ambulance because of the severity of his injuries.'

But a few minutes later the intake nurse told him that 'if she sent him to the hospital emergency, she was told she would lose her job.'  After Rodriquez was released on bail, his wife took him to St. Joseph's Hospital, where the emergency doctor told him that 'he could have died because a blood clot near his brain was beginning to develop,' the [lawsuit claims.]"
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All things being even, maybe we would automatically think, "there are two-sides to every story;" but, this is Phoenix, Arizona.  Maricopa County.  The Bad Lawyer's sure the AZ Legislature and Governor Jan Brewer can right this wetback lawsuit with a stroke of the pen.

8 comments:

  1. could have done with out the racist graphic and gratuitous use of the ethnic slur against hispanic people. i understand you are provoking, but the language detracts from your excellent post.

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  2. The graphic racist remark is integral to the elements of what took place as well as pointing out how serious a hate crime is alleged to have taken place. Taking the racist comment out would lessen the impact of the seriousness of the allegation.

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  3. i dont think they were talking about the quoting of the police officers. they were talking about the authors repeated use of the word and photo/graphic showing more racist words, none of which are integral, point out anything relevant beyond how annoying and offensive they are.. and the only thing that would be lessened by taking them out would be my disgust in this blog, which i wont be returning to. because i agree, i can do without this crap just fine... talking about racists doesn't give you the right to act like one... that's just BS... how would you like if people on the news(cbs, cnn, FOX) could just say racist crap all day long and claim its ok because theyre talking about OTHER racists.. lol.. no.

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  4. You aint seen nothin yet.refugio

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  5. fuck these goddamned illegal shits, beat them down, they are foreign invaders by the very definition. The cops involved are real patriots. But since all you stupid shits believe everything that is spoonfed to you on TV, they are the bad guys. Naperville Illinois cops know who all the illegals are but won't do anything about it even though my tax dollars pay their salaries! FUCK THAT!

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  6. WOW!!!! How ignorant can you be? Just because his last name is Rodriguez, and he is of Hispanic origin does not make him illegal. In fact, this REFUGIO RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Arizona. Yes, in case you don't know your geography, Arizona is part of the United State of America, making Refugio an American Citizen!! All I can say is that the truth will come out in court!!

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  7. Justice for Refuigo .. No freedom till we're equal .

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  8. The only thing that every reader of this page should realize is that the majority of humans living in the US all have some diseased Euro, African, or Asian blood in them. Yes, especially the Native-American-conquering, disease infested, white, ship rats are a plague of non-native blood on this land. We all live on this territory and must learn to peacefully share it in order to keep it as the Heaven that it is right now.

    Fuck All Haters.

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