Arizona Woman Speaks Out After She is Dragged From Her Car by Police – Possible Civil Law Suit*

Renee Armenta, a resident of Avondale, Arizona, claims she was punched in the face and dragged out of her car by a Goodyear police officer during an apparent routine traffic stop. The woman spoke to reporters and stated that the officer who pulled her over never told her why he was making the stop. Next, she said the officer ordered her to get out of her car. He later grabbed her arm. According to Armenta, the officer punched her, pulled her, and drew his gun. Terrified, she claims she did not know what was happening.

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A video of the incident, taken by a bystander who witnessed it, was posted on social media showing Armenta being punched, yanked from her car, and drug on the ground. Also, the video shows an officer pulling a weapon and pointing it at the passenger, who stepped out of the car. John Charlie Moreno Aguilar of Phoenix, was the passenger who was suspected of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The officer initially reported that he saw Armenta reach for something. Armenta denies reaching near her back. My AZ Lawyers attorney Anthony Ramirez is representing Armenta. He commented that the incident, which was posted online, was disturbing to him. Ramirez observed from the video that the officer went “too far way too fast.” A former police officer in Washington, D.C., Ramirez questions the officer’s claim that there was fear of an “imminent assault” by Armenta.

Ramirez will research wether or not the officer’s actions were legal. A civil suit against the city and the officer may be pursued. Armenia was taken to a hospital and was treated for a head injury. In his further examination of the case, Ramirez plans to request the body camera footage and police report. This evidence may offer more details on what happened during the traffic stop.

According to a statement by Goodyear police, a Goodyear officer made a motor vehicle stop. The driver had a suspended driver’s license and was told she was being placed under arrest. The driver, Armenta, then retreated. The statement also mentions that public safety is a top priority of the Goodyear Police Department, and a passerby may not understand the full context of the situation or conflict.

Armenta is facing charges of resisting arrest, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and driving without a license. The investigation into the officer’s actions has been given to the Surprise Police Department. The case will be heard in Maricopa County Superior Court on September 20, 2018. Goodyear police stated that the investigation Into the incident was given to Surprise police in the interest of “transparency” and “maintaining the public’s trust.”

*Source: “Woman Punched by Goodyear Officer Speaks Out; Attorney Threatens Possible Civil Suit.” Vandell, Perry. Arizona Republic. AZ Central. 11 Sept. 2018. Web. 16 Sept. 2018.

 

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2018-09-18T21:55:48+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Arizona Law|