Tempe Police "Party Patrol" Brutalize ASU Golfer, Harass His Friends on Facebook, According to Lawsuit
Next time you're partying at Arizona State University, consider Noah Frochtzwajg, ASU student and aspiring golfer.
He was enjoying the company of friends at 2 a.m. on Sunday August 29, 2010, when Tempe police came knocking at his apartment.
Frochtzwaig saw two officers and opened the door to let them in. They stormed the room with three more officers and knocked him to the ground.
From there, they handcuffed him, forced his friends to leave "one by one," and laughed at him, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Tempe Police Department yesterday.
After 30 minutes, the police officers uncuffed Frochtzwaig and released him without pressing charges. Frochtzwaig addressed a complaint to Tempe PD's Internal Affairs office -- after which the sergeant in charge of the investigation started harassing his friends on Facebook with "personal and embarrassing questions," according to the suit.
The complaint further alleges that Tempe PD employs a squad of police officers known as the "Party Patrol" whose job is to go around shutting down parties.
But, the complaint alleges, their job isn't "simply [to] disrupt parties whose noise, etc., exceeded legal boundaries, or where underaged drinking had been established."
It's to "raid any student social gathering."
The complaint calls the cops' actions "heavy handed and needlessly forceful," claims Frochtzwjg suffered abrasions and injuries, and that his golf career was damaged.
He was going to attend the PGA's qualifying school last year when this incident occurred, the complaint claims.
The complaint alleges nine counts, including unlawful civil-rights violations, assault, battery, and wrongful imprisonment. It seeks unspecified damages.
TPD Sergeant Steve Carbajal declined to discuss the pending litigation, per department rules.
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