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San Gabriel Valley : Officers Face Rights Suit

August 09, 1995

Two Pomona police officers who have been suspended on charges of on-duty misconduct are named in a federal civil rights lawsuit in which a man claims he was falsely imprisoned.

The suit, which was filed two weeks ago in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, names officers John Crenshaw and Michael S. Ezell, whom the department is seeking to dismiss for misconduct. The two officers allegedly drank on duty and were suspended from the force in April.

According to Frederick Yohas Baker's suit, the officers broke down his apartment door in July, 1994, without sufficient cause. The officers arrested and jailed Baker after allegedly finding a white powder in the kitchen that he had never seen before, said Baker's attorney, Arnoldo Casillas.

All charges against Baker were dismissed, Casillas said.

City Administrator Severo Esquivel said he could not comment on pending litigation.

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