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Tue Feb 9, 2016, 02:43 PM

Ex-Vegas Officer, Department Sued in Body Camera Force Case

Source: Associated Press

Ex-Vegas Officer, Department Sued in Body Camera Force Case

By KEN RITTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAS VEGAS Feb 9, 2016, 2:17 PM ET

A California woman who authorities say was illegally beaten by a police officer wearing a body camera has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages from Las Vegas police, the former patrol officer and his partner at the time.

Officials have called the case one of the first to use body-camera video against an officer wearing the device.

Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz of Los Angeles said in her lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas that she suffered permanent face, neck and back injuries during her January 2015 arrest on littering and loitering for prostitution charges. The charges were later dropped.

Ortiz's lawyer, Cal Potter, called her beating and arrest unjustified "street justice" for offending the arresting officer, Richard Thomas Scavone, by throwing a cup of coffee on the ground and refusing to put her hands behind her back to be handcuffed.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/vegas-officer-department-sued-body-camera-force-case-36814959

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