An attorney for a Hispanic man who was allegedly knocked to the ground and kicked by a police officer is seeking over $1 million dollars for his client, arguing that the city’s failure to teach law enforcement officers “fundamental Spanish” is the reason excessive force was used.
According to the suit filed in a Hunt County, Texas, district court on Wednesday, Jose Lopez was assaulted at a football game in 2004 by a Royse City police officer who allegedly knocked him to the ground and kicked him in the knee and face while wearing steel-toed boots.
Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia argues in his filing that the city was negligent for not monitoring and training the unnamed officer – specifically, for not training him to speak Spanish “in order to properly communicate with Spanish-speaking persons.”
I’ll go on the record now and saw that I expect this lawsuit to go nowhere.
But. The suing attorney’s name is Domingo Garcia. Does that name sound familiar? It should. Mr. Garcia is the former mayor pro tem of Dallas and currently the National Civil Rights Chairman for LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens. They’re supposedly a moderate Latino civil rights org; Garcia is supposedly a moderate Democrat. Yet here he is using his considerable legal acumen and his position within LULAC to sue American police for not speaking Spanish.
Moderate? Doesn’t look like it to me. And this isn’t Garcia’s only lawsuit against Texas police for having an insufficient grasp of Spanish:
Garcia, a former Texas legislator, ex-mayor pro tem for the city of Dallas, and national civil rights chairman for the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization, has filed a similar suit against the city of Irving, Texas.
In that suit, Domingo charges that an Irving police officer, who was cleared of all charged associated with the pepper-spraying and baton beating of Jose Palomino, an illegal alien who refused his orders to lay on the ground, was forced to use such tactics because he could not communicate in Spanish.
Whatever you think of cops in Texas not speaking Spanish, don’t call people who are here illegally “illegal aliens.” The moderate Mr. Garcia thinks the legal term describing someone who has entered a given country outside the legal means of doing so is a racial epithet. And he’ll probably find a way to sue you.