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Oakland Employee Claims Police Abuse

Oakland police are investigating the arrest of a city parks employee who says cops roughed him and his family up for no reason. Jose Ortiz is the director of the city-run Rainbow Recreation Center. He says police broke his wrist and roughed him up on May fourth after officers responded to a call about a disturbance at his home.

Police say Ortiz, his son and his son´s wife were drunk and arguing in the front yard when they arrived. They were held in cells, but were released later without being booked. Ortiz says officers never explained what they wanted and didn´t ask the family to come peacefully. He says an officer grabbed him in a choke hold, threw him face-first on the driveway and put handcuffs on so tightly his wrist was broken. Ortiz is already suing the city for another arrest. Ortiz says police arrested him last year for investigation of theft and embezzlement after he removed a computer from the rec center. Police later confirmed Ortiz´s claim that the city didn´t own the computer.