Minneapolis Police Department Sued for Using Taser on Man with Hands on Car

Emily Kaiser writes in the Minneapolis / St. Paul City Pages:

The Minneapolis Police Department is dealing with yet another lawsuit, this time for allegedly using a Taser on a man’s neck while he is seen with his hands on the car and not resisting the officer. The lawsuit comes in a string of others in recent months that have video evidence of alleged police misconduct.

In this lawsuit, Rolando Ruiz is seen just seconds before the incident with his hands on top of the squad car. He appears calm and not resisting arrest. As the police officer approaches, he puts the Taser against his neck and continues using it until he is incapacitated on the ground, screaming.

His attorney, Albert Goins is suing the City of Minneapolis on behalf of Ruiz, asking for $75,000 and discipline against the officer for violating his civil rights. Goins said he hopes to settle out of court, but is willing to take the steps to do so if the city doesn’t cooperate.

WCCO spoke to a Minneapolis police spokesperson who said Chief Tim Dolan hasn’t reviewed the tape and won’t comment on legal matters.

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  • Malatesting123

    disgusting…please someone tell me what the real difference between this and torture is….because I can see none myself. This police state nonsense has to be stopped..If only the people saw cops for the fascists they are instead of idols to be worshipped and feared.

  • radiac

    Every cop is a criminal…

  • eternalSuspect

    “when you're facing a loaded gun… whats the difference?”

  • kisa

    These devils are by blood haters of the black/brown men. Mr Ruiz is an Indigenous that should be respected in HIS country yet he is not. Dont celebrate their Thanksgiving day as our people as you see with Mr Ruiz, dont have nuthin to be Thankful for.

    • thepuppettheatre

      I think it's unfortunate to look at police brutality and use it as an excuse to cry racism. Cops are sadist, they're armed gunmen set loose on the populace, they're high school bullies that just didn't get enough opportunity to injure people who were too scared to fight them.

      Crying “my people” just serves to separate us more. Instead of “us” being everyone under the thumb of violent legalized gangsters… now you're trying to turn it into just “you” being oppressed. Where does that put us? On separate sides of the same issue.

      Don't separate us, we're all the same people, we're the have-nots. You think a black or Hispanic man is on your side once he becomes a judge or a cop? Nope. They don't give two shits about their own people because they no longer belong to that class. They are now in control, and the rest of you can sit and spin… right next to the rest of us.

  • mplscitizen

    Ruiz was screaming that it wasn’t him it was three Somlians. He was not screaming in pain as reported. Listening to the audio portion of this event will prove this to be true. Ruiz was also NOT surrendering as his attorney claims. The officer told the suspect to get on the ground after he was seen fighting with other officers, those officers left the scene and the suspect returned seconds later and threw landscaping blocks at a vehicle in the visitor parking lot. This Officer witnessed this crime and turned on the dash video to record the events if this arrest went bad. The tape kicks in after the command and the suspect slammed his hands on the squad. The suspect can be heard stating “happy now” as the Officer was approaching him. The suspect was NOT tased on the neck he was tased for less than two seconds on his shoulder as a taser has no affect when it is not in full contact with the suspect (as seen on video). He received a second 5 second tasing as he was resisting the officer while he was out of the range of the camera. A second officer appeared (as seen by a shadow in the video) to assist the officer. The Officer told the suspect numerous times to put his hands behind his back, the arriving Officer can also be heard telling the suspect to get his hands behind his back. The media was irresponsible for airing this video. Use of force NEVER looks good but it is often necessary when confronting a non-compliant suspect. This suspect is a known criminal with several charges of assault with a deadly weapon and narcotic charges. How many innocent citizens are affected by these criminals? How many children fall prey to them? How many officers have lost their lives at the hands of these criminals? This suspect has settled with the city of Minneapolis for $75,000.00 his attorney also got a large sum. I’m sure that will by a lot more narcotics which are sure to end up on the street where more Officers have to deal with more criminals. The Officer in this incident was terminated. He was a 17 year veteran with NO disciplinary action in his career. The Officer has numerous awards in his file for pulling a man out of a burning vehicle, saving an infant that stopped breathing, pulling a 4 year from a trash container after his step father beat him and threw him there to die and numerous other lifesaving and above the call of duty incidents in his career. How dare ANYONE claim all cops are criminals. How dare anyone pass judgement on anyone when they don’t have all the facts. Anyone that believes everything reported in the media is a fool. How many times has the media been caught giving misinformation? How many media outlets contradict other media outlets? Before you pass judgement get all the facts. Due to the media Minneapolis Police Administration also refused to get the facts. This is not the first time an innocent officer has fallen at the hands of the media and the inept administration.

  • mplscitizen

    Ruiz was screaming that it wasn't him it was three Somlians. He was not screaming in pain as reported. Listening to the audio portion of this event will prove this to be true. Ruiz was also NOT surrendering as his attorney claims. The officer told the suspect to get on the ground after he was seen fighting with other officers, those officers left the scene and the suspect returned seconds later and threw landscaping blocks at a vehicle in the visitor parking lot. This Officer witnessed this crime and turned on the dash video to record the events if this arrest went bad. The tape kicks in after the command and the suspect slammed his hands on the squad. The suspect can be heard stating “happy now” as the Officer was approaching him. The suspect was NOT tased on the neck he was tased for less than two seconds on his shoulder as a taser has no affect when it is not in full contact with the suspect (as seen on video). He received a second 5 second tasing as he was resisting the officer while he was out of the range of the camera. A second officer appeared (as seen by a shadow in the video) to assist the officer. The Officer told the suspect numerous times to put his hands behind his back, the arriving Officer can also be heard telling the suspect to get his hands behind his back. The media was irresponsible for airing this video. Use of force NEVER looks good but it is often necessary when confronting a non-compliant suspect. This suspect is a known criminal with several charges of assault with a deadly weapon and narcotic charges. How many innocent citizens are affected by these criminals? How many children fall prey to them? How many officers have lost their lives at the hands of these criminals? This suspect has settled with the city of Minneapolis for $75,000.00 his attorney also got a large sum. I'm sure that will by a lot more narcotics which are sure to end up on the street where more Officers have to deal with more criminals. The Officer in this incident was terminated. He was a 17 year veteran with NO disciplinary action in his career. The Officer has numerous awards in his file for pulling a man out of a burning vehicle, saving an infant that stopped breathing, pulling a 4 year from a trash container after his step father beat him and threw him there to die and numerous other lifesaving and above the call of duty incidents in his career. How dare ANYONE claim all cops are criminals. How dare anyone pass judgement on anyone when they don't have all the facts. Anyone that believes everything reported in the media is a fool. How many times has the media been caught giving misinformation? How many media outlets contradict other media outlets? Before you pass judgement get all the facts. Due to the media Minneapolis Police Administration also refused to get the facts. This is not the first time an innocent officer has fallen at the hands of the media and the inept administration.

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