Santa Barbara settles police brutality case
September 13, 2014
The Santa Barbara City Council agreed to pay a man $120,000 in a police brutality case that was settled out of court in just one of two cases filed against an officer who has since left the force.
In 2011, Santa Barbara Police Officer Aaron Tudor was attempting to arrest Tony Denunzio, 53, when he said the suspect resisted arrest. As he subdued Denunzio, Tudor tased him 13 times and broke his nose and three of his ribs.
Denunzio was never convicted of a DUI, the reason for his 2011 arrest.
A month after Tudor arrested Denunzio, Tudor along with several other officers was arresting Britteny Cotledge, 19, regarding a car accident the teen had after leaving a party. The teen resisted arrest and while bending her over the hood of his car, Tudor broke her arm.
Another officer on the scene vomited following the loud sound the breaking bone made.
On Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council agreed to settle with Denunzio for $120,000. In addition, the council agreed to pay Cotledge $50,000. Cotledge has not currently agreed to a the settlement offer.