Fullerton College Student Says Cops Wrongfully Arrested Him And Beat Him Up in 2008

At a council meeting in Fullerton last week, a man said he thought the "flood gates" of complaints against the police department had only just started. 

Well, it looks like he might be right.

A 23-year-old Fullerton College student was allegedly arrested on false charges of public drunkenness in August of 2008 and then beat up by a Fullerton police officer, according to a Friends For Fullerton's Future blog post. 

Remember Eddie Quiñonez? He also says he was arrested for drunkennes, even though he was sober, and then roughed up by a cop.

Christopher Spicer Janku

alleges that officer

Perry Thayer

slammed his face against a curb and then stepped on his head with his boot. 

Here's what Janku says happened, according to the FFFF post: 
"He purposely put my face into a gutter full of disgusting dirty gutter water to the point where I was almost choking on it, and pushed down on my head to the point where my head almost caved it and I was screaming for my life." 

Officers then allegedly put him in the back of a squad car without his seatbelt on and repeatedly slammed on the brakes, so his head hit the cage. Janku filed a complaint, the post says, but was stonewalled until recently when he was told to get an attorney.

Janku's story is one example in the slew of allegations of police wrongdoing, which have surfaced since Fullerton policemen beat Kelly Thomas to death in early July. 

And, Tracy Wood of The Voice of OC  reported yesterday that Michael Gennaco, who the city hired to investigate the police department's policies and practices, has some forthcoming dirt on the city, too, although he didn't give any specifics.

Wood writes: "Asked if more disclosures are coming, he replied, 'Oh, yeah. There's more. There always is.'"



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