Amarillo Man Is Suing Police Officers For Using Excessive Force
David Bastardo, 27 of Amarillo, was arrested back in October of 2010. Here we are, 2 years later, and David has filed a lawsuit against the 4 arresting police officers, claiming they used "excessive force" during the arrest.
The suit, filed Oct. 18 in Potter County, alleges that on Oct. 23, 2010, David Bastardo, 27, was standing on a sidewalk near Polk Street and Seventh Avenue on Oct. 23, 2012, when officers tackled him to the ground. The suit alleges officers struck Bastardo’s body and face and stunned him with Tasers more than once after he was handcuffed.
The lawsuit listed the defendants as Sgt. Jerome Godfrey, Officer Michael Vigil, Officer Dusty Johnson, Officer Esrael Silva Jr. and the city of Amarillo.
“The actions of defendants were unnecessary and unwarranted and constituted a use of excessive force,” the suit said.
The charges that David had been arrested on have since been dropped, and the lawsuit also alleges that the police officers not only used excessive force, but it was an unlawful arrest.