Club Imperio patron alleges security guard's use of pepper spray caused injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 28, 2019

FRESNO – A woman alleges she was injured at a Fresno club on New Year's Day when a security guard used pepper spray on another patron.

Laquisha Ann Freeman filed a complaint on Feb. 8 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Club Imperio, Joseph Borrelli and Does 1-100 alleging assault, battery, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Jan. 1, Doe defendant No. 1 was a security guard at Club Imperio and deployed a canister of pepper spray in an altercation with another patron. The plaintiff alleges the pepper spray caused her eyes and lungs to painfully burn. She also alleges she was injured when she was pushed to the ground while the crowd attempted to exit the club to get away from the pepper spray.

The plaintiff alleges the defendants' negligence caused her injury to her health and incur medical expenses.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants for general damages, medical and related expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, attorneys' fees, exemplary and punitive damages, costs of suit, interest and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Garrett May, Ryan Buchanan and Robert May of The May Firm Inc. in San Luis Obispo.

Fresno County Superior Court case number 19-CECG-499

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