LBAC Obtains Summary Judgment in Unlawful Seizure/Excessive Force Case

On November 8, 2016, USDC Judge George H. Wu granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Fontana and Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones in Navarro v. City of Fontana, Case No. 15-cv-1650-GW (GJSx), an unlawful seizure and excessive force case brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Fontana police officers made contact with Plaintiff in a motel parking lot, where he was walking with his wife and his three children. During the officers’ interaction with Plaintiff, he appeared to swallow some drugs that he had in his pocket. Continue reading

LBAC WINS TASER CASE FOR ORANGE COUNTY

This case arose from a report of suspected battery. When deputies responded to the scene, they found the plaintiff, Joshua Radwan, and his crying girlfriend. The deputies separated Plaintiff and his girlfriend, based upon suspicion of physical abuse. Deputies searched Plaintiff and found a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Deputies searched his vehicles and located three knives. A criminal history check Continue reading

LBAC WINS UNLAWFUL SEARCH/EXCESSIVE FORCE CASE ON DISPOSITIVE MOTION

This unlawful search and excessive force case arose from a neighbor’s early-morning report that a gunshot was heard at Plaintiff’s home. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Plaintiff’s home to ascertain whether anyone had been shot. Based on prior contacts with Plaintiff, the deputies knew that Plaintiff had firearms in her residence. Plaintiff refused to allow the deputies inside. Eventually, the deputies Continue reading