Danny Cantu, a diesel mechanic, sued the city of Dallas and a small army of Dallas Police officers back in January, claiming he was making a sandwich in the kitchen when they tossed a flash-bang grenade through his window.
As the deafening explosion rang in the kitchen, he alleged that the officers kicked in the door, beat the hell out of him and ransacked the place while he lay unconscious in a pool of his own blood. After he was treated for a broken nose, they hauled him in and apparently released him without charge, because there's no record of it. Cantu claims he suffered a broken orbital bone, a concussion, traumatic brain injury, loss of vision in his left eye and loss of hearing in his left ear. The complaint says his injuries required "surgical intervention."
In its recently filed response, the city admitted that they conducted a "no-knock" search of Cantu's home, but denied using excessive force. It asserts that Cantu can't sue these officers individually, because they enjoy qualified immunity.
According to the search warrant and return inventory, the officers found a few things: a sawed-off shotgun (which is illegal), 0.1 grams of cocaine (would you need an electron microscope to do a line that small?) and a pair of nunchucks (which, the city's response says, are illegal too).
Unfair Park is going to go out on a limb and assume they were expecting to find more than 0.1 grams in the abode of this sandwich-making diesel mechanic. Neither the City Attorney's Office nor Cantu's attorney responded as of this posting. We'll update if we hear back from them.
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