The California city of Vacaville has given $62,500 to a US Marine veteran after he was beat up by police.
Marine vet and college student Francisco Galvan was left with a bruised face and broken nose after he says a Vacaville officer repeatedly hit him while trying to restrain him.
After going out for a few drinks with friends, Galvan was involved in an altercation inside the vehicle, which resulted in police being called.
“She knew I was just getting loud, that I wasn’t laying hands on anybody and I wasn’t getting violent,” Galvan told FOX40.
When police tried to put him into a chokehold, Galvan said his training kicked in.
“He has his arm locked around my neck. It turns into a chokehold and my training in the Marines was to drop the weight and open the airway. That’s what I did,” he said. I felt I was within my right to resist a wrongful arrest.”
Galvan ultimately got Vacaville to settle in a federal civil rights suit, but he’s still concerned for the damages suffered.
“I haven’t even presented my license plate because I don’t want to [risk] getting pulled over by one of these guys again,” Galvan said.
The majority of the suit damages will go to lawyers fees and money borrowed to retain legal assistance.
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