California Cops Arrested Teens Who Recorded Use of Force—Now They’re Getting Paid
Four California high schoolers will be paid settlements because the Delano Police Department (DPD) used excessive force on them while they were walking to school.
The incident occurred on April 11, 2019. It began when Pablo Simental, Edwin Ardon, Isaac Ruiz, and Isai Ruiz were walking through a residential neighborhood toward Wonderful College Prep Academy. The group was on its way to obtain prom tickets.
DPD officers Ruben Ozuna, Michael Strand, and Guadalupe Contreras allegedly veered toward the group with a patrol vehicle, questioned them, and arrested them for jaywalking. When the teens pulled out their cellphones to record the interaction, the officers attempted to take the phones by force.
Simental was jailed with his hands handcuffed behind his back for hours, yet he was
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