Portland Pays $140,000 For Cop’s Treatment Of Girl


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.

Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1123063577114990.xml&coll=7

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