Morro Bay pays $20,000 to settle taser case
February 20, 2014
Morro Bay agreed to pay $20,000 to a man who police officers pepper sprayed and repeatedly tasered during an arrest at the Fuel Dock Saloon in 2012. [NewTimes]
Officers initially charged Brian Lopez Martinez, 23, with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery against an officer. As part of the settlement agreement, Martinez plead no contest to one count of interfering with an officer and received credit for time served.
Around midnight on June 8, 2012, officer Mark Martin and a new officer he was training, Nicole Canby, went into the club for a bar check. A confrontation between the officers, Martinez and his friend Joseph Ian escalated into a scuffle which then resulted in the repeated taser shots.
Martinez was exploring filing a lawsuit against the city when the settlement was agreed to.