UPDATED 2/7/2010: Ninth Circuit Decision Can/Should/Will Be Used Against Thug Lappegaard
We wrote about a decision the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reached last month in the case of Bryan v. McPherson, when it decided Coronado, Calif. police thug Brian McPherson savagely tasered a young man for absolutely no reason. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision, ruling that “qualified immunity,” will not protect them when they brutally attack American citizens for fun.
Coincidentally or otherwise, the City of Minneapolis fired Lappegaard from his cop job last month as well, possibly as a result of the Ninth Circuit’s decision. Lappegaard is now whining to the media. He told WCCO CBS 4 that he had no choice but to use his electrocution toy on Mr. Roland Ruiz, and wants his job back. His best course of action, being he will/has escape[d] criminal charges, is to just disappear and never show his face again.
Granted the Ninth Circuit does not have direct jurisdiction over the federal courts in Minneapolis, you can go all in on the fact that Mr. Ruiz’s lawyer will incorporate the Bryan decision into his arguments, specifically where the Ninth Circuit said:
“A simple statement by an officer that he fears for his safety or the safety of others is not enough; there must be objective factors to justify such a concern…although Bryan had shouted expletives to himself while pulling his car over and had taken to shouting gibberish, and more expletives, outside his car, at no point did he level a physical or verbal threat against Officer McPherson.”
This is almost verbatim what Lappegaard is claiming as his excuse to savagely attack Mr. Ruiz. Sorry son…won’t work.
Federal Appeals Court Rules Taser Incident Excessive Force (1/3/2010)
by Brian A. Wilkins
11/10/2009 (links and photos updated December 10, 2018)
I honestly cannot wait to hear what the copsucking community says about this most recent thug job by Minneapolis Police, who are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the nation’s most corrupt cop organizations.
Watch the video first, and the synopsis will follow.
The young man is Mr. Roland Demetrio Ruiz, an 18-year-old Minneapolis man, who was arrested in this April 30 incident for allegedly throwing a brick at a cop car. The police thug is Todd Lappegaard, who was also involved in a 2002 incident which caused the death of a Richfield, Minn. man, according to the Star Tribune. Lappegaard, while pursuing a suspect in his cop car, recklessly and carelessly struck an SUV driven by a woman fleeing police. This caused the woman’s vehicle to carom off the road, and fatally strike a pedestrian.
As you can see, Mr. Ruiz has his hands on the hood of Lappegaard’s cop car, which means he is surrendering. Lappegaard, because he’s a POS thug who hides behind a badge, wanted to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering on Mr. Ruiz, so he used his federally mandated electrocution toy to send 50,000 volts of electricity through the top of Mr. Ruiz’s spine. As far as I know, Lappegaard wasn’t even rewarded with thug cops’ best P.A.L. (Paid Administrative Leave), but instead, seems to still be on the active force.
The lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County Superior Court last week, seeks more than $500,000 in damages. Shockingly, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan – yes, the same Dolan who praised Minneapolis Police thug Jason Andersen after he murdered Fong Lee back in 2007 – said the present incident is “very disturbing” and allegedly has requested an FBI investigation and has asked the Minneapolis city attorney to also investigate. Mr. Ruiz’s lawyer, Albert Goins, however, told local media he has received no notice from the Minneapolis Police Department about the alleged investigations requests by Dolan.
The fact there is video of this brutal attack by Lappegaard may mean very little in Minnesota jurisprudence. A Hennepin County grand jury cleared the aforementioned Andersen of wrong doing after he murdered Mr. Lee on tape; and the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis acquitted Andersen of brutality in the subsequent civil suit. But because chief Dolan admitted the incident was “very disturbing,” this case will likely settle long before a trial happens.
Regardless, this Lappegaard needs to be immediately charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and placed in jail pending trial. Sure, the city of Minneapolis will cut a check for this brutality, but this cop needs to be taken off the streets all together because he’s a sick, twisted human being who has violent tendencies. But judging from the Fong Lee case, the Tyler Heilman case in Le Sueur County, MN, and general U.S. cop-sucking, the chances of this scumbag being charged with anything are remote.