Aug. 16, 2018 Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 5:11 p.m.
#HuiJieJin has filed a #civilrights lawsuit against the #AlamedaCountySheriffsOffice after she said a #deputy used #excessiveforce on her during an alleged #jaywalking incident. Jin’s attorneys say this photo shows some of their client’s injuries stemming from the incident.
A deaf 76-year-old woman accused an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputy of excessive force during an alleged jaywalking incident last year, claiming the deputy “violently threw” her to the ground and handcuffed her to an ambulance while she was unconscious.
Attorneys for plaintiff Hui Jie Jin laid out the allegations in a lawsuit filed late last week in Northern District of #California. The suit claims Jin suffered a permanent #braininjury, along with contusions and abrasions, as a result of what her attorneys called an #unlawfularrest.
Defendants named in the suit include sheriff’s #DeputyPhillipCorvello, #AlamedaCountySheriffGregoryAhern, #AlamedaCounty and the city of #Dublin. Corvello is contracted to work with the #DublinPoliceDepartment.
A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office referred questions to Dublin police.
Nate Schmidt, a Dublin police captain, confirmed that the department conducted an internal investigation after the incident and found Corvello’s #useofforce to be #withinpolicy.
The department’s policy does not count jaywalking as an #arrestableoffense, Schmidt said, but “there was more than an arrest for jaywalking. Not obeying a #lawfulorder is an arrestable offense, so that’s what we were looking at.” Schmidt declined comment on the allegations in the civil suit but confirmed that Corvello is still employed by the agency.
Jin and Corvello encountered each other on the morning of July 21, 2017, when Jin was out shopping for groceries. The lawsuit claims that Corvello began yelling at Jin while she was allegedly jaywalking, but because Jin is “profoundly #deaf” she couldn’t hear or understand his commands.
As Corvello moved closer to her, the suit alleges, Jin pointed to her ear with one hand and waved her hand back and forth with the other to signal that she was deaf.