In his first three months with LBAC, Dennis Gonzales won back-to-back jury trials. First was a federal civil rights excessive force case entitled Fuller v. County of Orange, et al.. CV 04-6851 SVW (PJwX). Plaintiff claimed that, following his arrest for DUI by the California Highway Patrol, he was beaten by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies while being booked into the Orange County Jail. On April 16, 2009, a federal jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for one hour.
Two months later, Dennis tried and won another civil rights excessive force case in state court entitled Santos v. City of Culver City, et al. BC 372574. Plaintiff in that case was a juvenile who was seen “tagging” by Culver City police officers. Plaintiff claimed that during the pursuit that ensued, he was struck on the head and back with a baton or flashlight causing two large lacerations to his head and back injuries. The officers claimed that plaintiff injured his head while running through a dense thicket. On June 26, 2009, a jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating for an hour and a half.