Thursday, May 3, 2012

City Seeks to Dismiss "Mexican Piss" Lawsuit

Posted by on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

This week, the city attorney's office asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from a Seattle police officer's threat to beat the "Mexican piss" out of a Latino suspect by arguing that the language used was not meant to offend but simply to get the suspect to comply with an ongoing robbery investigation (a robbery, the city maintains, in which he was complicit).

"While [Martin] Monetti was ultimately not arrested or charged, there is nonetheless substantial evidence that he was, in fact, complicit in the robberies," the 25-page motion (.pdf) states.

Last June, 23-year-old Monetti filed a civil suit against Officer Shandy Cobane and another officer, accusing the two of unreasonable use of force and discrimination stemming from the April 2010 incident.

This new motion, which was filed on May 1 with the U.S. District Court of Western Washington, also argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed because "competent evidence shows that there was, in fact, no contact to [the suspect's] head in connection with the alleged 'kick.'"

The parties are scheduled to present their oral arguments before Judge Ricardo S. Martinez on May 25.

 

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"When I'd like to grab the attention of an innocent bystander "

You mean the innocent bystander TWO witnesses said was involved in the armed robberies and was with the men charged with using a machete and gun to rob people? That innocent bystander?

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"Duran and Lopez-Pando testified that while being robbed, Duran told Monetti to restrain his machete- and gun-wielding companions, saying, "get your boy off me." 

Monetti responded by telling Duran to "just give him what you got," and "just give him five dollars." 

While Monetti was ultimately not arrested or charged, there is nonetheless substantial evidence that he was, in fact, complicit in the robberies."
Posted by Beat the Corona out of him on May 4, 2012 at 6:16 AM · Report this
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When I'd like to grab the attention of an innocent bystander I regularly use "I'm going to beat the mexican piss out of you", it works every time. All the kids are saying it these days while handcuffing innocent people and fake kicking them that happens to leave magic bruises. What a waste of my money I would pay in taxes if this country had reasonable drug laws.
Posted by watchout5 http://www.overclockeddrama.com on May 4, 2012 at 1:27 AM · Report this
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If only Cobain HAD kicked the Mexican piss out of Monetti:

"Duran and Lopez-Pando testified that while being robbed, Duran told Monetti to restrain his machete- and gun-wielding companions, saying, "get your boy off me." 

Monetti responded by telling Duran to "just give him what you got," and "just give him five dollars." 

While Monetti was ultimately not arrested or charged, there is nonetheless substantial evidence that he was, in fact, complicit in the robberies."
Posted by Beat the Corona out of him on May 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM · Report this
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Judge Martinez will give the motion due consideration, and Sloggers may be surprised at the outcome - though not so much for those who've actually read the motion and reviewed the related video analysis (.pdf).

Sure, the "Mexican piss" movie trailer whets our outrage-porn appetite, but the feature-length version fails to deliver. This motion argues it ain't even worth sitting through.

With no head kick on video, Monetti's insistence on an unrecorded head kick makes it a swearing contest - where the complainant is already caught in multiple manifest falsehoods. Peter Holmes is no friend of police misconduct - right? - and his department's review of this Coming Attraction is spot on.
Posted by RonK, Seattle on May 3, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
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Moving to dismiss is a standard legal manueuver. If you don't do it, you're not representing your client well. Don't take it so seriously. Cases are hardly ever dismissed if there are any factual questions involved.
Posted by sarah70 on May 3, 2012 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
Prepare for federal oversight.

Resistance is very. very. very. very. expensive.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM · Report this
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Judge Ricardo S. Martinez. Yeah, I can see this going well for the city.
Posted by Brandon J. on May 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 1
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM · Report this

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