Police who withdrew Tasha Williamson have immunity, rules 9th District Panel

Tasha Williamson sued National City and the police officers who pulled her out of the council meeting, alleging state and federal civil rights violations. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego former mayoral candidate Tasha Williamson suffered injuries to her wrist and rotator cuff when she was pulled out of a national city council meeting in July 2018.

9. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Tasha Williamson case. (PDF)

But after winning a decision against National City police in San Diego’s federal court, she lost Monday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals when a panel of three judges ruled that police had qualified immunity – and did not use excessive force.

“Williamson could have avoided or reduced the pain and injury she claims she suffered from the officers’ behavior by cooperating with them and leaving the room under her own power,” Judge Danielle J. Forrest’s decision said. “She did not. But her choice does not make the officers’ behavior unreasonable.”

Williamson sued the city and officers under a federal law and California’s Tom Bane Civil Rights Act. She initially asked for compensation of at least $ 500,000.

The social justice activist claimed officers Lucky Nguyen and John McGough used excessive force against her in violation of the Fourth Amendment when she and others participated in a die-in to protest the death of a black man, Earl McNeil, in police custody.

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