A Southern California man is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies for brutally assaulting and torturing him.
According to NBC Southern California, 26-year-old Daniel Johnson filed the lawsuit in January.
In the lawsuit, the family claims a deputy sheriff knocked on the door of their Altadena home to let Johnson know that his 58-year-old father, who has nerve damage in his hands, was being ticketed $1,000 for dropping a cigarette on the street.
The LA deputy, identified in the complaint as “Deputy Abdulfattah,” also gave eight hours of community service for littering. Johnson tried to explain that his father suffers from a medical condition and often drops things.
“I can write you a ticket too if you want,” the deputy told Johnson, according to the complaint.
“I asked if it would be possible for me to just pick it up,” Johnson told NBC4. “We don't have $1,000 to pay that ticket.”
As Johnson walked away toward his mother, who also came outside to see what was happening, the other deputy, identified in the complaint as “Deputy Russell,” grabbed Johnson from behind slamming him against the patrol car and into a concrete post.
“Leave him alone!” Johnson’s parents shouted. “He hasn’t done anything wrong.”
Russell put Johnson in a “full nelson” wrestling hold, while Abdulfattah punched his father in the face. Then Abdulfattah allegedly used a taser on Johnson’s genitals until he could “smell his flesh burning,” and he was screaming in pain.
"He was definitely point blank," Johnson told NBC4. "He was right above me as he tased me, so there's no mistake that he was trying to tase me in my genitalia."
Johnson says he was not resisting. He was later arrested for battery on a police officer, but the charges were never filed.