Man sues Orland for $1.5 million
A man filed a $1.5 million federal civil rights lawsuit against Orland last week, alleging he was roughed up during a traffic stop.
David L. Powell filed his case in U.S. District Court in Sacramento against the city and two police officers.
According to the lawsuit, Powell was driving a pickup when he was pulled over on Sept. 19, 2011, on East Tehama Street and Woodward Avenue.
Powell's female passenger exited the vehicle and was arrested, the lawsuit said.
Powell, then 64, was detained for about 30 minutes "without probable cause," the lawsuit said.
He was told his vehicle would be towed. Powell got out of the vehicle and then reached back in to retrieve some documents after one of the officers said he could.
When Powell reached through the open window, one of the officers grabbed his arm and the other "took him down face first into the pavement without warning, without any command and with great violence," the suit alleged.
One of the officers then kneed Powell in the back, causing one of his lungs to collapse, the lawsuit said.
The suit alleged the officers engaged in excessive force.
Powell was taken to the Police Department and left in the back of a patrol car, "without benefit of ventilation and profusely sweating," the suit alleged.
The suit said Powell was later faced criminal charges, but they were eventually dropped.
According to Glenn County Superior Court records, Powell was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and disturbing the peace as an infraction. He pleaded no contest to the infraction in June 2012 and paid a $474 fine.