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July 21, 2018

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Ex-officer, Metro named in federal civil rights lawsuit

A California woman who authorities say was beaten by a police officer wearing a body camera has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking at least $225,000 from Metro Police, the former patrol officer and his partner.

Amanda Vizcarrondo-Ortiz says in her lawsuit filed Friday in Las Vegas that she suffered permanent face, neck and back injuries during her January 2015 arrest on littering and loitering for prostitution charges. The charges were later dropped.

The arresting officer, Richard Scavone, was fired Sept. 10 and indicted last month on federal excessive-force and obstruction charges. He has pleaded not guilty, and awaits trial.

His lawyer in that case didn't immediately respond to messages.

Ortiz's lawyer, Cal Potter, calls her beating and arrest "street justice" for the offense of "contempt of cop."

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