FAIRFIELD — Solano County Sheriff Thomas Ferrara and the county were sued this week in federal court in San Francisco by a Vallejo man who suffered a severe head injury while sheriff’s deputies and Vallejo police officers went through his Vallejo home.
Guillermo Solis, 56, a longtime custodian at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, was asleep at his Grant Street home on the afternoon of March 13, 2013, when sheriff’s deputies and Vallejo police smashed his front door with a battering ram, came in with guns drawn and rounded up and handcuffed several people, according to Solis’ lawsuit, which also names the Vallejo Police Department and its chief as defendants.
The cops were looking for Alejandro Guizar. They did not find him in the home because he did not live there. Guizar, who was on probation, lived in a separate attached residence that authorities had been to before and that could only be reached by going through the backyard and up a flight of stairs, the lawsuit states.
Authorities found Solis in his bed. They allegedly grabbed him, pulled him from his bed in his underwear, carried him to the living room and slammed him to the ground, where he hit his head on the floor before being handcuffed, his lawsuit states. After allegedly mocking Solis and accusing him of faking symptoms of injury, an ambulance was called and Solis ended up spending more than a week in the hospital for a brain injury, his lawsuit states.
Solis’ lawyers from the law firm of Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook claim that Solis is the victim of assault, battery, false imprisonment and unjustified excessive force. They also claim Ferrara is responsible for the training and supervision of the deputies who Solis encountered.
Sheriff’s official do not respond to accusations raised in pending lawsuits.
No dates have been scheduled for any hearings in the lawsuit.
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