A Newport Beach man is suing his city's police department for alleged excessive force.
Thomas Quinn, who is seeking unspecified damages in his complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court, alleges Newport Beach cops pulled his pants down and punched him in the face and neck the night of Nov. 29, 2012.
Quinn's ex-girlfriend had called police to say her ex-boyfriend had stolen property from her. A responding officer became “enraged” when Quinn informed any of her property in his home had been brought there by her, according to the suit.
That's when it's claimed the cop patted Quinn down, made it so those passing by could see London, France and Quinn's underpants, shoved him into a wall and initiated the beat down.
He was batted about by that cop some more, then held down while another officer joined in, according to the lawsuit, which goes on to claim Quinn was handcuffed and beaten yet again.
Quinn's suit claims he was taken to a hospital by an ambulance and later booked into the Newport Beach Jail on suspicion of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties.
Newport City Attorney Aaron Harp confirmed to the Daily Pilot Quinn was taken into custody that night, but the lawyer characterized the excessive force allegations as being without merit.