Security guard claims LAPD arrested him without probable cause

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A security guard alleges he was arrested without probable cause by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Jose A. Romero filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department, et al. alleging deprivation of civil rights and false arrest and imprisonment.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on May 9, 2017, while he was performing his duty as a security guard, he was unlawfully detained by the defendants without probable cause. He alleges he spent two days in jail on felony firearm charges and the case was dismissed at the preliminary hearing because the plaintiff did not violate any law.

The plaintiff holds the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department, et al. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to adequately train, supervise, and control officers in the application of firearm statutes; failed to properly track and investigate discriminatory and illegal arrests; and failed to set up systems to prevent abuses by officers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants for general, special, compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages, costs of suit, attorneys’ fees, and other relief as may be warranted or as is just. He is represented by John Burton of Law Offices of John Burton and William M. Paparian of Law Offices of William M. Paparian, both in Pasadena.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-02479

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