Spring Branch school-district cops used excessive force on a man and later harassed him when he tried to complain, a federal lawsuit says.
Hansraj Jathanna claims in the suit that he was pulled over by an SBISD cop who yelled at him, asked if he was an illegal alien and eventually "forcefully pushed and slammed plaintiff onto the concrete sidewalk, injuring plaintiff's face, temple, nose and knees."
He says he later was kept for hours in an SBISD cell, where a group of officers roughed him up for, he says, "knocking on his cell door and wanting to know why he was arrested and wanting to make a phone call to call his wife."
Things got worse when he tried to complain, the suit claims.
He says he went to the district's headquarters to file a formal complaint, but left after being kept waiting.
Plaintiff decided to leave and as he drove out of the office parking lot, he was unlawfully detained, and then arrested by being surrounded by four Spring Branch ISD police cars.
Spring Branch ISD Police Chief Brawner approached plaintiff along with another officer. After he identified himself and stated that he was aware that plaintiff had been contacting the Spring Branch ISD Office. Chief Brawner proceeded to issue him with a warrant prohibiting him from entering Spring Branch ISD Administration for two years.
On May 9, 2011, both charges were dismissed by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
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He has not specified the amount of damages he's seeking.
We've asked SBISD for a response; we'll update if we get one.