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Former football player disputes San Francisco arrest charges

It can be a humiliating experience for many people accused of charges that were later dropped. For that reason, some decide to pursue charges against law enforcement and other companies and individuals that resulted in the person’s criminal charges.

A former football player with the University of New Mexico has filed charges against U.S. Airways and San Francisco law enforcement for wrongful arrest, use of excessive force, and false imprisonment. According to the former player, police officers jumped him after he was asked to leave an airplane, and placed him in full-body restraints before arresting him on charges of trespassing, battery, and resisting arrest. After spending a night in jail, the charges were dropped.

The man was returning home after visiting San Francisco for a close friend’s funeral in 2011. He says while waiting to board the plane, an airline employee asked him to pull up his pants, to which he agreed to comply later because he had his hands full of luggage. Once in his seat, the plane’s pilot approached and demanded he leave the plane. After initially refusing, he says he complied and was then arrested.

The man claims his civil rights were violated, and that he was humiliated by the officers and the full-body restraints. In most cases, police do their jobs admirably, but there are reasons that laws exist to protect people from unnecessary force and wrongful arrest. There’s a difference between arresting someone who is truly committing a crime, and in taking action against a person who isn’t causing any harm to others, regardless of whether or not he complies with an employee’s request about clothing style.

Source: ABQ Journal, “Ex-Lobo sues over ‘saggy pants’ saga,” Rick Wright, June 21, 2013

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