A 15-year-old Idalia Morgutia-Johnson is preparing a lawsuit against Fresno Police after a cell phone video clip proved her innocent of charges for trespassing, resisting arrest and battery on an officer and showed she was the real victim who was manhandled and arrested for no reason.
Idalia was hanging out with friends in front of Big Mama’s Grill just across the street from the Hoover High School where her school day was over, when she was approached by two police officers who accused her of loitering. Although she tried to explain she was waiting on an order she placed at the grill, they didn’t listen and one of the cops twisted her arm and threw her on the table she was seated at. One of Idalia’s friends started shooting the incident with his cell phone a few minutes later, and caught her getting slammed on the ground, picked up and hauled to the patrol car. You can see Idalia kicking her feet in the air trying to breathe as the officer holding her is choking her, which was interpreted as battery on an officer.
She was arrested and charged which nearly got her expelled from high school. Thanks to this piece of evidence, all charges were dropped and Idalia now has proof she can base her lawsuit on. One thing they can’t make up to her is the constant back pain she’s been experiencing since the arrest that the doctors say will never go away, which prevents the former freshmen basketball captain from enjoying her favorite sport.