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Madera County Wins Lawsuit Alleging Injuries Related To Arrests At Casino
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
COUNTY OF MADERA
MADERA COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
200 W. FOURTH STREET / MADERA, CALIFORNIA 93637 (559) 662-6040 / FAX (559) 673-3302 / TDD (559) 675-8970
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
BRETT FRAZIER DAVID ROGERS ROBERT L. POYTHRESS MAX RODRIGUEZ TOM WHEELER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018
Madera County Counselrgarza@maderacounty.com
MADERA COUNTY WINS LAWSUIT ALLEGING INJURIES RELATED TO ARRESTS AT CASINO
Madera County is pleased to announce that on May 23, 2018, a jury in the Fresno division of the U.S. District Court for theEastern District of California, found that Madera County and a former Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy were not liable forinjuries related to arrests made at Chukchansi Casino in June of 2013. The County and former Deputy were represented by Carolyn Frank and Sean DeBurgh of Cota, Cole & Huber LLP.
A Madera County Sheriff’s Deputy and Sergeant reported to Chukchansi in response to an altercation in the casino’s bar.Two California Highway Patrol officers also responded to provide backup. The Sergeant and Deputy approached the suspects to investigate what had occurred, but they refused to cooperate. As the officers spoke to the suspects, acquaintances of theirs approached the group. Ultimately the officers determined a suspect was subject to arrest for public intoxication. As the Sergeant was arresting the suspect, one of their acquaintances attempted to interfere. The Deputy and the two CHP officers therefore placed that person under arrest for obstructing a police officer. Others then attempted to interfere in that arrest.
Alfredo, Gretel and Jose Lorenzo and Melinda Avila filed a lawsuit against the County, the Deputy, the State of California and a CHP Officer alleging false arrest, excessive force, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other allegations. After deliberation, the jury returned a verdict wholly in favor of the County of Madera.