A retired Los Angeles police officer who accused Huntington Beach police of using excessive force when his arm was broken as officers arrested him has lost his federal civil rights suit.
Following a five-day trial in federal court in Los Angeles, a jury ruled for the city police and against the alleged victim, Floyd McGinnis.
McGinnis was arrested on Dec. 13, 1988, following a dispute in a parking lot at Warner Avenue and Golden West Street, where he was accused of causing a disturbance. During the arrest, his left arm was broken.
McGinnis' suit charged that his civil rights had been violated. Originally, it named both the city and the three arresting officers, Jack Rand, Greg Lawrence and Val Birkett, as defendants.