An Antioch resident is suing the city of Pittsburg and the
Pittsburg Police Department alleging that his constitutional rights were
violated when he was pinned under a police car during a traffic stop last
year, according to court documents.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, alleges that on March
7, 2014, Pittsburg police made a racially motivated traffic stop.
Having previously been arrested and “brutalized” by a police dog
in Pittsburg, D’Angelo Boone, a black man, fled the traffic stop, according
to the complaint.
The officers gave chase until Boone stopped his car and tried to
run away, according to court documents.
That’s when one of the officers intentionally drove a police
cruiser at Boone, pinning Boone’s leg underneath the patrol vehicle’s front
tire, according to the complaint.
One of the officers exited the car but the officers “made no
effort to move the vehicle from atop” Boone, according to the complaint.
Instead, “minutes passed” before one of the officers instructed his partner
to move the car.
The officers suffered no injuries, while Boone suffered a broken
right shin “with a laceration deep enough to expose his muscle tissue, as
well as severe emotional distress,” according to the complaint.
Boone underwent one surgery to repair his injured leg and said he
would need another one, according to court documents.
“At all times, (Boone) never posed a substantial threat to anyone
in any way and committed no violent crime,” the complaint reads.
The complaint alleges the officers’ use of a police vehicle as a
deadly weapon is unconstitutional and the officers “failed to give feasible
and proper warnings before subjecting (Boone) to their various uses of
The complaint asks for an unspecified amount in damages.
Boone initially filed a complaint in August last year while
incarcerated at the West County Detention Facility without the aid of an
attorney. That complaint was dismissed on grounds that he didn’t provide a
prisoner trust account statement.
According to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office,
Boone was convicted of evading police officers after last year’s incident. He
was sentenced on March 12 of this year to two years in prison.
As of today, he was still incarcerated at the West County
Detention Facility, according to a jail employee.
The August complaint asks that Boone’s medical, attorney and court
fees be paid by the city, along with $500,000.
Calls to the Pittsburg City Manager’s Office were not returned.