Plaintiff: Samuel Cash
Incident date: 04/12/2012
Cash was in his vehicle when Officers Derouin and Plebanski approached him. One of the officers yelled, "Freeze, don't move," and Cash complied. Derouin used a Taser on him three times without justification. The officers then dragged Cash out of the vehicle, which was still in drive, and threw him onto the ground. Cash's now-vacant vehicle rolled into the officers' squad car. While Cash was being restrained, Officers Otten, Stapleton, MacFarlane and Goon arrived. The officers called him racial epithets; one pressed a gun to his head, while another yelled repeatedly, "Pop his ass." At the police station, officers told Cash the only way he could afford the vehicle he was driving was by selling drugs. Cash told officers he wasn't a drug dealer. Cash was charged with false possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. The possession charge was dropped by the State's Attorney's Office, and he was acquitted of the resisting arrest charge following a bench trial.