SACRAMENTO – A woman alleges that a Vacaville police officer unlawfully arrested her without a warrant and used excessive force.

Lisa Marie Close filed a complaint on June 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against city of Vacaville and Stuart K. Tan alleging unlawful detention and arrest, battery, excessive force and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff went to a doctor's appointment on June 2, 2016, and had a disagreement with the doctor regarding her care. She alleges that she never threatened the doctor or used profane language during this dispute.

The suit states that a security officer later approached her and informed her that he was going to escort her off the property and to a police officer. She alleges she called a hospital supervisor to find out what was going on and was placed on hold. While on hold, the suit states Tan, a Vacaville police officer, arrived, yelled at her that she needed to leave the room and later knocked her to the ground. She alleges her arm was broken during this incident. 

The suit states the plaintiff was transported to a jail facility, taken by Tan to a medical facility, and later released with a notice to appear in Sacramento County Superior Court. The suit states no criminal charges have been filed against her.  

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and economic damages, general damages, interest, all legal fees, punitive damages and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by John T. Bell of Law Offices of John T. Bell in San Leandro.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California case number 2:17-cv-01313-WBS-DB

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