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Man Kicked By El Monte Cops Files $5M Claim

(San Gabriel Valley Tribune) EL MONTE - An El Monte Flores gang member who was kicked in the head by a police officer on live television demanded $5 million for his injuries from the city Thursday.

Parolee and gang member Richard Rodriguez, 24, now suffers from headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness, according to the claim filed by attorney Nick Pacheco on behalf of Rodriguez.

The claim comes nearly two months after news stations caught a police pursuit of Rodriguez - which ended with Rodriguez being kicked in the head and pepper-sprayed even though he apparently surrendered - on camera.

"Mr. Rodriguez presents symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, such as flashbacks, frightening thoughts, depression, worrisome, easily startled, and on edge," the 12-page claim states.

Police Chief Tom Armstrong on Thursday said he expected the claim to be filed. A claim is a precursor

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Added: Jul-25-2009 Occurred On: Jul-23-2009
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