Fresno Cops Indicted for Brutality and Cover-Up

This, in addition to the recent MILLION DOLLAR AWARDS FOR THE RODRIQUEZ AND RENDON FAMILIAS for the beating by police at a party for their returned Veterano!

Thursday, Oct. 07, 2010

A federal grand jury today indicted a Fresno police sergeant and three former Fresno police officers, charging them with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the assault of a man in their custody in October 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Indicted were Sgt. Michael Manfredi, 50, and former officers Christopher Coleman, 42, Paul Van Dalen, 44, and Sean Plymale, 41.

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Manfredi has been placed on paid administrative leave [paid vacation] pending the outcome of the case, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. He added that his
department "has and will continue to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney's Office throughout the criminal process. This investigation will not hinder the ongoing relationship that our agencies have enjoyed over the years."

Plymale is currently employed by the Madera Police Department. Madera police officials were not immediately available to comment on Plymale's status.

The case involves the Oct. 10, 2005, arrest of Rolando Celdon in southeast Fresno. Celdon was punched and kicked, bitten by a police dog and shot with a less-than-lethal shotgun in the wake of a domestic dispute.

 According to the Justice Department, Coleman and Van Dalen are each charged with deprivation of rights under the color of law.

The indictment alleges that Coleman used a 12-gauge shotgun to repeatedly
shoot the victim with less-lethal ammunition, which consists of a flexible material that is filled with metal shot.

Coleman is also charged with driving a speeding vehicle at the victim. Van Dalen is accused of repeatedly kicking the victim in the side and stepping on his ankle.

Plymale and Manfredi are each charged with concealing the alleged assault by Coleman and Van Dalen.

All four defendants also are charged with one count of falsifying an official report to obstruct justice.

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