Drunk Off Duty San Diego Police Officers Pistol Whip A Man in Bar Parking Lot

Posted by moku 2019 years ago in Drunk/High
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Surveillance video showing a violent confrontation between a man and four armed -- drunk -- off-duty officers at a Grantville bar last November.

The incident is the basis for a civil lawsuit filed against the city and the four San Diego Police Department officers by the fifth man involved, Jonathan Felix, and his attorney.

Footage shows the moment the officers approach Felix who was sitting on his bicycle in between two cars in the parking lot of McGregor’s Ale House on San Diego Mission Road in the early hours of Nov. 7.

Seconds later, one of the officers kicks Felix in the chest. He then rolls forward on his bike as officers try and grab him and eventually tackle him to the ground. The officers can be seen throwing several punches as the five men are sprawled on the ground.

Another portion of video shows the officers with Felix pinned to the ground underneath them as an SDPD patrol car arrives.

Felix’s attorney, Doug Gilliland, said his client was worried the four men were going to steal belongings he left in his car in the parking lot.

According to Gilliland, Felix felt threatened and pulled out a gun and pointed it at the ground. Runyon argues Felix pointed his weapon at the officers.

“What the officers said was that Jonathan pulled a gun and pointed it at all of them and we know if he did that he’d be dead right now. He’d be dead for parking his car in this parking lot next to four drunk officers,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland says he has receipts from the bar that show how much the officers drank that night.

Two weeks after the incident, Felix was in court facing weapon, ammunition and cocaine possession charges. Gilliland, and rallying supporters, say those charges are an effort by law enforcement to cover up wrongdoing by the officers who were hanging out after hours at the bar.

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