Obstruction Charges Against Teen in Police Confrontation Dropped - NBC Southern California

Obstruction Charges Against Teen in Police Confrontation Dropped

Video presented to the district attorney's office after the September 2015 incident at the LA County Fair was edited, a planned lawsuit alleges.

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    Charges Dropped Against Teen in Police Confrontation

    Obstruction charges against a teen seen in a video in a confrontation with police have been dropped. Colleen Williams reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016. (Published Friday, May 20, 2016)

    Update at 5:06 p.m. Pacific on Friday, May 19, 2016: The obstruction case against 17-year-old Christian Aguilar has been dropped.

    Pomona police officers claimed Aguilar was resisting arrest during a confrontation at the Los Angeles County Fair on Sept. 15.

    Late Friday afternoon, a judge dismissed the charges against Aguilar.

    Earlier: Twenty four hours since an NBC4 investigation into a video recording showing a confrontation between Pomona police and a teenager at the Los Angeles County Fair, the family's attorney says police can't prove the boy's father was drunk and explains the critical evidence he says is missing.

    New Details Emerge in Case of Alleged Police Cover Up

    [LA] New Details Emerge in Case of Alleged Police Cover Up
    While a father and son will face criminal charges for being drunk in public and resisting arrest, they say video that shows part of the confrontation also shows something else. Colleen Williams reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, May 19, 2016)

    When a family accusing the Pomona Police Department of a cover-up after an assault of their teenage son by officers appears in court on Friday, no doubt they will be trying to comprehend why their family night out escalated to a confrontation.

    The family of Christian Aguilar alleges police punched, then hit their son with a baton. He was taken to the emergency room by police, suffering from a concussion, bruises and nerve damage to his jaw. His mother remembers picking him up from police at the emergency room.

    "I couldn't do anything and I'm like, 'You couldn't, Christian. They would have killed you,'" said his mother, Erain.

    Family Claims Video Shows Violent Police Altercation

    [LA] Family Claims Video Shows Violent Police Altercation
    A family is preparing to sue the Pomona Police Department, accusing the agency of covering up an assault of their teenage son by officers that ended what began as a family outing to the LA County Fair last summer. Colleen Williams reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, May 19, 2016)

    As law enforcement herself for 15 years, Erain Aguilar said the family lives with a healthy respect for rules that includes both Christian and her husband.

    Ignacio was a junior police officer with the Pomona Police Department, the very department charging him with public intoxication.

    "I said I had a beer and a half," Ignacio said. "Can you give me a field sobriety, at least a Breathalyzer?"

    Cellphone Video Prior to Pomona Altercation

    [LA] Cellphone Video Prior to Pomona Altercation
    Cellphone video recorded by Christian Aguilar show the moments before he was involved in a violent altercation with Pomona police at the LA County Fair in 2015.
    (Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016)

    Attorney David Gammill says Pomona police will not be able to prove Ignacio was drunk, even though police reports say he had slurred speech and an "inability" to take care of himself.

    "They didn't take his blood alcohol and they haven't turned over a video of him in custody in the jail," Gammill said.

    He walked out of the Pomona Fairgrounds on his own two feet and Christian's video shows him walking fine, said Gammill. There is no allegation that he needed help getting out of the fair.

    Bystander Recording of Pomona Altercation

    [LA] Bystander Recording of Pomona Altercation
    A bystander recorded the September 2015 altercation between Pomona police officers and 16-year-old Christian Aguilar.
    (Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016)

    Ignacio noticed security cameras in the drunk tank. As a specialized cardiac nurse he has some knowledge of blood alcohol levels – and was desperate to prove he wasn't intoxicated.

    "I was doing my own field sobriety," Ignacio said. "I was balancing on one leg. I was balancing on the other with my head back and touching my nose."

    Gammill is hopeful Pomona police will turn over that jail cell video at Ignacio's hearing Friday morning.

    Cellphone Video of Altercation Presented to District Attorney

    [LA] Cellphone Video of Altercation Presented to District Attorney
    This version of a bystander's cellphone video was presented to the District Attorney's office in connection with the charges against Christian Aguilar. Several frames at the beginning of the original video appear to have been edited out.
    (Published Wednesday, May 18, 2016)

    At the hearing a judge could rule if Chrisitan Aguilar is guilty of resisting arrest.

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