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Antonio Martinez

Antonio Martinez (San Diego) is a 21-year-old with Down syndrome. On a cold night, police responded to a call about domestic violence.  Officers noticed Antonio was walking to his father’s bakery and assumed he was the suspect because he had a hoodie. The officer ordered Antonio to stop and take off his hoodie.  Not comprehending the officer’s orders, Antonio did not respond.  In response, the officer pepper sprayed Antonio, threw him on the ground, and savagely beat him.   It was not until the officer threw Antonio into the car that he realized that Antonio had Down syndrome and took him to the hospital.  Antonio has filed suit against the officer and the city.

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