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Suisun man files federal civil rights suit against city police, others

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From page A3 | April 19, 2014 |

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.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • Mr. PracticalApril 19, 2014 - 6:12 am

    This could be amusing...

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  • MattApril 19, 2014 - 6:14 am

    This is a complete waste of tax dollars.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 19, 2014 - 6:29 am

    True, but maybe he'll settle for a small judgement and become South Carolina's problem.

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  • CD BrooksApril 19, 2014 - 7:35 am

    The internet knows no boundaries so as long as there's electricity and a connection, we will always be subjected to Mr. Gidden's "philosophy." Too bad it got away from him, he had a case he simply didn't manage his temper. The confounding truth is they will push you over the edge and then wait you out. He fell prey to his anger and angst.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

    you are ignorant of the facts Brooks.

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  • CD BrooksApril 19, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Rich, that is not true. You became your own worst enemy. You had the ball 1st and goal, you fumbled. They pushed, you bit and here you are. I was on your side and you know that. That is the simple truth no point in getting after me I am one of the good guys.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    Again, Brooks---you're not stating a single fact like ''without probable cause or warrant, Giddens was attacked, assaulted and beaten up by the Suisun cops in front of KCRA Channel 3 TV Cameras as a result of a FALSE POLICE REPORT.''

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  • J. G. RellimApril 19, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Patrick, the reason that police all around the country are out of control and are rarely held accountable for their actions are sheep like you who just say "Yes, Sir" and then cower in fear as you're stripped of your civil rights. I've seen the exculpatory evidence (That means proof of innocence for those of you who just sit back and say "Yes, Sir) and Rich merely demanded the day in court to which he is constitutionally entitled and did so for good reason. His accusers lied and, in light of the video footage that conclusively proves that Rich is innocent of the charges against him, the DA suborned perjury (this means people were told to lie under oath for those of you who just sit back and say "Yes, Sir). I'd like to see what kind of fight you would put up if you were ever falsely indicted. All Rich ever asked at the City Council meetings is for your elected officials to do their jobs and and for the Suisun Police to follow the law and enforce the ordinances that are meant to keep everyone's quality of life as high as possible. While wimps like you were sitting in front of the TV sipping your wine cooler, pre-occupied with which Kardashian is on her period, Rich was standing up and petitioning your government for a redress of grievances by attempting to hold your elected officials responsible for their actions or lack thereof. Wise up!

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  • CarlosApril 21, 2014 - 10:17 am

    We need to vote for a new District Attorney that will bring ethics to that office. Vote Krishna Abrams for District Attorney. GO RICHARD I am rooting for you.

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  • YoshidaApril 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

    What a hypocrite. Giddens spouts off here on this forum with regularity about government waste and now he is root of it himself. By the attitude he displays here and his juvenile rants and BOS meetings, I'm sure he got exactly what he deserved that day in Suisun. Normally the old adage that a "Man who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client" would apply but Giddens has already done a great job of proving that already. What a joke.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    I have a case and I have damages. Your pals attacked me in front of TV cameras and a court has determined there was no legal sufficiency to the charge they attacked me and arrested me for. That all came out at trial and there's lots more you're not being told----as in the DA and the cop who attacked me lying in court. Too bad, if you don't like the facts that are in my favor then you can lump it.

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  • The MisterApril 19, 2014 - 7:13 am

    More power to you, Rich!

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  • Bill of RightsApril 19, 2014 - 7:34 am

    By all means, act as your own legal counsel in your own lawsuit! Bwahhhh! I agree with others above, just more money being wasted and by the same person who ridicules others for the same reasons. Ironic? Maybe, just maybe if he wins And is awarded a settlement, he can pack up and move out of the very state that he despises so much.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 9:05 am

    I was acquiited on the false charge of assault with a deadly weapon. You never mentioned that, did you? There was no probable cause to arrest. The videos prove it. Mr. Sulliivan, you're saying things in here that aren't true and worse, you're leaving out a lot too. I was attacked by the cops and then they falsely arrested me. I have medical damages.

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  • patrickApril 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    a really intelligent person would realize that the only reply to a police officer would be "yes sir" and comply to his requests. any other actions are stupid.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    That's an interesting comment and in fact, I did say ''yes sir'' and its part of the audio recording and court testimony! Thanks!

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  • archieApril 19, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Patrick,,,,,,,, you have to agree that Suisun cops are a pretty cranky bunch. in the heat of the moment I can see how someone could be inclined to push back a bit.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    There was no ''pushing back'' as some liar tried to claim. I was beaten up, my head slammed into the concrete wall and then one thug jumped on top of my neck and back while the other torqued my back, legs and arms. I was screaming in pain because of the trauma. The KCRA video shows the blood pouring out of my head immediately. That's one video for all you cop defenders to deny and lie about too....And then there's the other videos from my home security camera system showing I didn't try to hit anyone when I left my home to go meet with the cops. That's what got me acquitted. Jess Sullivan is being a jerk and so is Faison and McNaughton the publisher----they won't mention it! Nor will they mention the acquittal either! I've demanded they retract and correct the story and gave them the documents to prove it.

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  • J. G. RellimApril 19, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Patrick, the reason that police all around the country are out of control and are rarely held accountable for their actions are sheep like you who just say "Yes, Sir" and then cower in fear as you're stripped of your civil rights. I've seen the exculpatory evidence (That means proof of innocence for those of you who just sit back and say "Yes, Sir) and Rich merely demanded the day in court to which he is constitutionally entitled and did so for good reason. His accusers lied and, in light of the video footage that conclusively proves that Rich is innocent of the charges against him, the DA suborned perjury (this means people were told to lie under oath for those of you who just sit back and say "Yes, Sir). I'd like to see what kind of fight you would put up if you were ever falsely indicted. All Rich ever asked at the City Council meetings is for your elected officials to do their jobs and and for the Suisun Police to follow the law and enforce the ordinances that are meant to keep everyone's quality of life as high as possible. While wimps like you were sitting in front of the TV sipping your wine cooler, pre-occupied with which Kardashian is on her period, Rich was standing up and petitioning your government for a redress of grievances by attempting to hold your elected officials responsible for their actions or lack thereof. Wise up!

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  • JBApril 19, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Too bad it is the taxpayers who will lose out in the long run. Who paid for the broken window in the police car not him. Who is paying for his trials, not him.

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  • George Guynn, JrApril 19, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Jess Sulivan left out one very important detail in this article. Rich was acquitted of the main charge. Since the main change was bogus, the other three charges should go away. I agree that the taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for this, but that is not the law. The people that created this problem should have to pay and these parties aren't Rich!!!!

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  • archieApril 19, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Totally agreed with the separation of powers claim

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Mr. Sullivan and the Daily Republic are NOT telling you the whole story and they are only showing you bits and pieces. You're not seeing this in it's totality.

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  • MDSApril 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    If you lose your case, I sure hope the judge orders you to reimburse the tax payers for all the legal expenses.

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  • RalphApril 19, 2014 - 1:19 pm

    I would do the same thing...but they dealing with convicts on a daily basis.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 19, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    I'm not a convict. I have damages and loads of proof thereof. You people like to run your mouthes without looking at the videos, medical reports, photos, court testimony of my false accuser, the acquiital ruling document, the cops testimony (officer Urlaub testified that Suisun's leadership had singled me out for subjective treatment. ) Continue to run your big mouthes----the facts are on my side, the law is on my side and the US Constitution is on my side. Why don't you use your real names too!? Reason---you're cowards and cop thugs who know you're not going to get away with outrageous illegal conduct like beating up a senior citizen vet in front of TV cameras without legally sufficient cause

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  • George Guynn, JrApril 20, 2014 - 10:35 am

    J. G. Rellim, you obviously understand how the system doesn't work and that Rich was falsely accused. This place needs a lot more people like you! Thanks for the great comment and I hope you make many more. The "Yes Sir" people just don't see the whole picture that they could be the next target of big out of control government. You and Rich do.

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  • George Guynn, JrApril 21, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Rich was charged with a crime he didn't commit, falsely arrested, beaten up, and not told he was under arrest till after the fact. He was even embarrassed by being displayed on television being beaten up for something he didn't do! His crime was going to public meetings and complaining to public trough feeders that they needed to do their jobs and clean up the community. Now some of you on this blog think Rich should have to pay court costs for going to Federal Court. The trough feeders created the problems, not Rich. Why aren't they paying? Bet if this happened to you, you would feel this way!

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  • Go Giddens GoApril 21, 2014 - 10:30 am

    We know how bureaucrats and the crooks that we elect act. They always find a way to punish you for your involvement. Ask former Dixon council members Dan Supriano and Mike Ceremello what the city of Dixon and the Police Dept did to them because they did not like what they were doing or saying at council meetings!!!!! As a taxpayer I support Giddens. My tax dollars will be spend to stop the power abuse from the people that they are suppose to protect us. Go Giddens. I hope the court sees the abuse of the Suisun City Police Dept. But what would you expect. You had a Spering, a crook for Mayor for many years and now he sits as a Supervisor.

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