LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A jury has awarded a Cal State student $210,000 after finding a LAPD officer used excessive force against him in 2015.
Officer Mario Cardona ordered Daniel Garza to the ground after punching him repeatedly and then forcefully applying a wrist lock during Garza’s May 2015 arrest, CBS2/KCAL9 reports. Video captured the incident.READ MORE: Dodgers On Brink Of Elimination After Braves Rough Up Urías, Dominate In Game 4
The jury found that officer acted with malice, violating Garza’s civil rights.READ MORE: LA City Council Votes to Suspend Mark Ridley-Thomas Following Corruption Charges
“I am very pleased that the truth came out,” Garza said after the federal jury’s verdict. “For years, I was made to look like a bad person. I was made to look like a guilty person for crimes I did not commit.”
Garza’s attorney said they will sue the City of Los Angeles for their role what they call “condoning the use of excessive force.”MORE NEWS: Problems At The Port: Recycler Ordered To Stop Polluting Area
The officer remains on the force without restrictions.