The lawsuit filed against the City of Fresno, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Sgt. Jeffrey Gross and Officer Scott Payn, alleges that Glen Beaty suffered emotional and physical pain after a confrontation on February 9, 2009.
A witness captured video of the two officers striking Beaty. They were originally called to a field near Blackstone and Bullard for a welfare check. Beaty appeared to be sleeping on the ground. After the incident caught on tape, Beaty was arrested for a parole violation and violating a restraining order. Beaty's criminal cases have been put on hold. He has been diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic and committed to Atascadero to receive treatment.
In the meantime, Attorney Russell Cook has filed a civil lawsuit in the hopes of forcing change at the Fresno Police Department and claiming damages for his client.