On March 03, 2008 I was driving from San Francisco to San Jose after having dinner at Fuzio’s restaurant in the Castro district around 10:45 pm where I had crispy calamari linguini and water. Driving a constant speed of 60 mph on Highway 101 I notice three Highway Patrol cars one on my left side and two on my right side driving at very high speed. When I looked in the rear mirror I notice a CHP car with the lights on. I thought the officer wanted me to move lanes since I was next to the HOV lane so, I did. The officer followed me to the other lane then, I realize that I needed to stop. I WAS TARGET OF RACIAL PROFILING FOR DRIVING WHILE HISPANIC. I had EUREKA, CA license plates.
As soon as I stopped I turned off my engine and I waited in the car. A CHP officer approached on my right side of the car and another on my left side asking me to get out of the car. The officer took me to the back of the vehicle where I could see the other officer next to my car. The officer asked me for my DL, I pull out my wallet and I gave them a foreign license, they laughed and the officer question me about drugs and weapons. More officers arrived and started to search the vehicle top and down damaging the carpet, the seats, the doors and even pulled out a cable from inside the chassis of the car while other officer was asking me to perform sobriety test and other officers interrogated me repeatedly resulting in my abrupt answer, “I don’t have drugs and I don’t have any type of weapons” and “I have never done drugs, I feel that this is a case of racial profiling”
One officer got upset and yelled at me “where are the drugs, I am sure we are going to find them.” I was scare at that point and I kept quite. Other officer wanted me to blow on the breathalyzer so I did but there was no reading until the fourth time, he yells “shit.” In that moment, already in handcuffs, one officer was eager to obtain my car keys which were still in the start engine. I asked the officer who was holding my arm to search for them, which he did then, the officer sat me on the passenger side of the Patrol car. There, I was frightened because I didn’t know if I was arrested or I was getting kidnapped and I reached for the police radio my body was shaking and I requested for help, hoping then that I will be safe.
One officer became upset and hit me on the head making me lose conscious. Until two hours later when I got conscious at Kaiser hospital four miles away from where I was stopped. (The closest hospital is San Mateo General Hospital.) I was in pain and scared of what had happened.
What had scared me the most was the pain that I had on all my body; the bruises on my head, face, arms, shoulders, chest, wrist, ribs, ankles; the two needle holes on my right arm, "I don't know what happened to me” When I got home I took a shower for an hour or so trying to make sense of what had happened. I was crying, scare, frightened but with the only consolation that "I was still alive."
I suffer from PTSD after this event and I have lost everything (I was SJSU student, I has a small business, I had a life.) I have tried to get help from different places and AACI (Center for Survivors of torture) provided me with medicine, Psychological and psychiatrist therapy. But, after being followed by a CHP patrol, I got afraid of any retaliation and I moved out of California after i tried to contact the CHP office as follows:
March 4, 2008 at 14:04 6 minutes I called CHP office in Redwood City trying to talk to some about my battery and I gave my symptoms to the person who answered but I was told that the person who could do something was not there.
March 4, 2009 at 19:30 2 minutes I called CHP Redwood City but I could not find anyone.
March 5, 2008 at 11:34 19 minutes I talk to The lieutenant and I was question about seizures and other reason of what can be used to Justify the why an officer hit me on the head making me unconscious. I wanted to file a report of the battery with pictures but I was told that there was no report and they could not do anything until the officer produce a report.
March 5, 2008 at 12:03 2 minutes I called CHP Redwood City to find out if there was a report but, I was told that there was not a report
March 19, 2008 at 06:38 1 minute I called CHP Redwood City but I could not find anyone.
April 8, 2008 at 13:25 1 minute I called CHP Redwood City to find out if there was a report but, I hang up because I was scared
April 8, 2008 at 15:11 4 minutes I called CHP Redwood City to find out if there was a report and I was told to contact the court and a lawyer if I wanted any.
I am in Seattle homeless, disable, afraid and suffering from PTSD, living from charity and food soups. Getting medical assistance from a hospital that has allowed me now to place this complaint with Victim compensation but i got a letter saying that i didn't file on time- within a year- even thought i wrote a letter explaining that my Depression and PTSD were very intense in that time and i was taking heavy medication.