Portland, Or., is poised to pay $140,000 to a 15-year-old girl who says police violated questioned her at a bus stop and threw her to the ground, the Oregonian reports. In a federal lawsuit, Maria-Janeth Rodriguez-Sanchez claims police violated her rights by questioning and detaining her without reasonable suspicion she was doing anything illegal, then assaulted her without justification.
One officer ordered a male friend of the girl to take his hand out of his pocket. When the girl then reached into her friend’s pants pocket to remove a soda bottle for a drink, two officers grabbed her arm, shoved her face into a wall, threw her to the pavement and held her there, said a judge’s report. Meanwhile, another officer found that neither had a police record nor had ever been excluded from the bus line.