Baldwin Park, California police officer charged with assaulting a teenager during a traffic stop

NCS has reached out to Felton’s lawyer, Joshua Visco, for remark however has not but gotten a response.

Attorneys for the teenager, recognized by these legal professionals as Anthony Romero, filed a lawsuit September 10 in opposition to the town of Baldwin Park, Felton, a police sergeant and different officers with the division. The go well with seeks a jury trial and normal and punitive damages for Romero.

According to the lawsuit, on September 22, 2019, Felton assisted one other officer in pulling over a car in Baldwin Park after the driving force allegedly did not yield during a traffic stop. Romero, then 16 years outdated, was a passenger within the car. He exited the automotive and commenced operating out of concern after he noticed officer Felton pointing his firearm by means of the window of the police cruiser, the civil grievance says.

Shortly after being chased on foot by Felton, Romero obeyed the officer’s instructions to stop operating and laid down with his face on the bottom, the grievance says. Romero was not resisting arrest, was not a bodily menace to the officer, was unarmed, and had his arms and palms seen to the officer, the lawsuit says.

With his firearm nonetheless drawn, Felton approached the teenager and kicked him, with pressure, within the ribs and within the face, “terrifying the plaintiff who thought he was going to die,” in line with the grievance.

Felton positioned Romero, who was handcuffed, within the backseat of the police cruiser and, with out being provoked, allegedly struck the teenager within the face and physique, the go well with says. Another officer allegedly watched the incident and didn’t intervene, the go well with says.

The teen had a bruised face, cuts on his physique, and was lined within the officers’ “shoeprints” from once they have been allegedly “stomping on his legs and body” within the police station, the grievance says.

Photos of Anthony Romero's injury as well as of the alleged shoeprints that were provided by his attorney.Photos of Anthony Romero's injury as well as of the alleged shoeprints that were provided by his attorney.

When Romero’s mom arrived to select up her son, Felton handed her the quotation and allegedly mentioned her son “was very lucky since he could have been shot” and defined he needed to “rough up [the teen] in order to teach him a lesson.”

Following a legal investigation carried out by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Felton was launched from obligation and is not employed by the City of Baldwin Park, Captain Chris Hofford informed NCS.

“It was objectively unreasonable for officers to have applied this level of force on my sixteen-year-old client,” mentioned Romero’s lawyer, Wesley Ouchi. “He was cooperative, surrendered, unarmed, non-resisting, compliant, and non-threatening. This conduct is universally unacceptable in any society.”

NCS is trying to acquire video of the arrest from the backseat of the police car and officers’ physique cameras. Officials from the Baldwin Park Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department each declined to supply video footage Wednesday amid the continuing investigation.

Felton is scheduled to return to court docket for a listening to on December 7 on the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, the LA County district lawyer’s workplace mentioned.