SUISUN CITY — A Suisun City man who’s awaiting retrial on felony and misdemeanor charges filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday in Sacramento against the Suisun City Police Department, Police Chief Ed Dadisho, three of his officers, the Suisun City Council, the city manager and attorney.
Rich Giddens’ lawsuit – he is acting as his own attorney – claims he is the victim of false arrest, excessive force, conspiracy, malicious prosecution and battery for his arrest after an April 2012 neighborhood crime forum. The arrest included a struggle with officers and ended with Giddens in the back of a patrol car, where he repeatedly kicked and damaged a rear window.
Giddens’ lawsuit makes mention of a February jury trial that deadlocked but the lawsuit does not include the date for the upcoming retrial set to get underway June 10.
Jurors in his first trial deadlocked roughly 8-4 for guilt on charges of felony vandalism, resisting arrest and a civil rights violation involving the altercation with police. Giddens, who has pleaded not guilty, remains free on bail.
The lawsuit also claims Suisun City officials are violating the separation of powers because the city attorney gives legal advise to both the city manager and the City Council that “effectively nestles two of the three cardinal powers of (g)overnment under the attorney-client privilege . . . .”
Giddens also seeks a damage award with his claim that he has been the victim of the city using at-large elections for council members instead of district elections.
“At-large elections serve to degrade plaintiff’s vote and in turn his influence on the political process,” Giddens states in his lawsuit, which also seeks an expansion in the size of the current five-member council.
An official with the Police Department declined to comment on the allegations raised in the lawsuit.
Giddens’ first court appearance for his lawsuit is scheduled Sept. 24.
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