Vikings fan sues after police punched and tased him at game

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A Vikings fan who was accused of attempting to grab a police officer’s stun gun during an encounter at a game has been acquitted of criminal charges and is now suing the city of Minneapolis and the police over the incident.

The fan, Anatascio Lopez, acknowledges he had been drinking at the game and doesn’t remember a lot of what happened. Police were physically removing him from the game when an altercation took place that resulted in officers on top of him on the ground, punching him and tasing him.

The police said Lopez tried to take a stun gun from an officer and charged him with that, but a jury that watched a surveillance video of the incident acquitted him of those charges this week. Now Lopez has filed a lawsuit, accusing police of excessive force.

The officers were wearing body cameras, but the cameras were turned off during the encounter. Lopez’s lawyer, Michael Nadimi, says the security camera footage from the stadium is the most important evidence in the case.

“The most telling piece of evidence was the surveillance video,” Nadimi told KSTP. “We don’t believe the fact that he was drinking justifies what was done to him. It’s our belief that what happened that day was completely excessive and unreasonable given the circumstances.”

Videos showing violent encounters among fans during NFL games are all too common. Usually those videos show fan-on-fan violence. In this case, with police officers involved, there will be even more scrutiny, and a greater need to get to the bottom of what happened.

65 responses to “Vikings fan sues after police punched and tased him at game

  1. It seems like every time a cop is in the wrong or could be in the wrong you hear the same thing “they were wearing their body cameras but were turned off during the encounter” but if the citizen is in the wrong you know they have the body camera on. Too many power hungry and corrupt cops give the good ones a bad name.

  2. Hometown is being unwillfully ignorant again calling any other fan base fat…. WI is statistically one of the most onese states in USA. Better to have one drunken fan than a drunk and methed out couple getting it on in the middle of the state fair pony show.

  3. Why do the cops get away with not turning on their body cams? Why do they wear them at all? It’s just “oh by the way” news that no one makes a big deal about. Or even a little deal. Nada.

  4. h0metownzero says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Are tasers effective on their morbidly obese fan base?

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    Pot,meet kettle

  5. Given recent events involving Minneapolis police, I’d say the fan should be grateful that he wasn’t shot and killed.

  6. filthymcnasty3 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    MN is going to need more power plants if they’re going to start tasering every drunken Viking fan.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Once again: Pot, meet kettle.

  7. Seriously, Packer fans are calling Viking fans drunk and fat? Scientific research has established that Wisconsin is the drunkest state and one of the fattest.

  8. you knew this was the kind of article that only a degenerate fanbase that constantly brags about two championships since 1967 would just feast upon. And, yes, I say feast because that is their favorite thing outside of the packers and their cousins: consumption of greasy high cholesterol food and cheap disgusting beer.

  9. codythao35 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    Sue them until they’re broke.

    You can tell when someone never worked a day in their life and therefore has no idea where tax dollars come from.

  10. chinahand11 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Why do the cops get away with not turning on their body cams?
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    The guy was so drunk he can’t remember what he did or what happened and yet is cleared – but not because the stadium video proved that he didn’t try to grab the taser but simply because all it clearly shows is the officers reactions, which seemed excessive to the court. The cops would have known stadium security cameras were on, so turning bodycams off only makes their case weaker (i.e., we don’t see how blind drunk the guy was, what he was saying or if he made a lunge for the taser etc). So in this case it could be the fan who “gets away” with the cops’ cams off, and gets to cash in too.

  11. Of course KSTP is the source! The Hubbards hate the Vikings. If you’re a Viking fan, please do not watch or follow that trash station.

  12. I had second row seats behind the Vikings bench at Lambeau one time. The Packer fans in front of me were spectacularly drunk and one threw up on a banner that fans in the third row had hung up over the front rail. The two drunken groups got into it and tried to fight each other over top of me, my wife and my kids. Security came and one of the nitwits tried to jump the railing and get onto the field to get away but slipped and hit his face on the railing. Not sure if he lost some teeth or just bled a lot. I didn’t know what to say to my girls. I finally told them what I will say now to you all. Bad things happen when you drink too much. It doesn’t matter where you are, this is a bad idea.

  13. I’ve had positive and negative experiences with the Minneapolis police officers working the games. The worst was standing in the entryway between the stands and the concourse for a few seconds while one of the teams set up for a FG. The cop told my friend and I that we couldn’t stand there. I politely asked if it would be okay to just watch the FG attempt since they were lining up and it would only take a few seconds. I would have accepted a no and moved on, but this guy lost his mind and told me he was ejecting me from the stadium. Had it not been for my friend telling him that he was a witness to the fact that I did nothing wrong, this meathead was seriously going to kick me out. The good news? The 20-second back and forth between the cop and my friend was more than enough time to watch the FG. That said, most of the cops working these events are friendly and courteous, not on a power trip like this lunatic clearly was.

  14. The Phantom Stranger says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    Seriously, Packer fans are calling Viking fans drunk and fat? Scientific research has established that Wisconsin is the drunkest state and one of the fattest.
    ////////////////////////////

    Seriously, Viking fans are drunk and fat. And just because Wisconsites consume the most alcohol doesn’t mean we’re the drunkest. I mean, observe your typical Viking fan; three beers……..out like a light.

    The study also found “cities with heavy drinking tend to have better-educated, higher earning and healthier populations than cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.” Not fake news.

    Go figure.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    August 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    The study also found “cities with heavy drinking tend to have better-educated, higher earning and healthier populations than cities with the lowest excessive drinking rates.” Not fake news.
    ________

    Yeah, that’s a tendency, but you can actually look up where states rank on those variables.

    Education:
    Minnesota – 2nd in high school graduation rate, 10th in bachelor’s degree rate, and 17th in advanced degree rate.
    Wisconsin – 11th in high school graduation rate, 27th in bachelor’s degree rate, and 33rd in advanced degree rate.

    Income:
    Minnesota – 12th in median household income, 10th in per capita income.
    Wisconsin – 23rd in median household income, 22nd in per capita income.

    Health:
    The United Health Foundation 2016 Annual Report ranked Minnesota 4th in overall health based on a variety of indicators. Wisconsin ranked 20th.

    Obesity:
    Wisconsin ranked 14th in obesity rate, Minnesota ranked 36th.

    Not fake news.

  16. @The Phantom Stranger says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    Seriously, Packer fans are calling Viking fans drunk and fat? Scientific research has established that Wisconsin is the drunkest state and one of the fattest.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Let me correct your lying post P.S.
    Wis ranked 26th and Minn 33rd in obesity, and you can't compare Wis social drinking to any other states because we're professionals. Go look up Lewis Black – Wisconsin on YouTube.
    It's hilarious.

  17. Packers fans are worse to a point where they had to stab Vikings fans bc they can’t win anything. Sue those cops till they’re broke means the officer himself, dumb b u t t.

  18. Packers fans are worse to a point where they had to stab Vikings fans bc they can’t win anything. Sue those cops till they’re broke means the officer himself, dumb b u t t. Any one living in the US knows government money are from citizens taxes.

  19. This helps illustrate how difficult it is to be a police officer.

    Imagine being able to only choose one – how would an officer decide which Viking fan to tase?

  20. originate421 says:
    Hometown is being unwillfully ignorant again calling any other fan base fat…. WI is statistically one of the most onese states in USA. Better to have one drunken fan than a drunk and methed out couple getting it on in the middle of the state fair pony show.
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    Actually Wisconsin’s obesity rate is only slighter higher than Minnesota’s (neither is in the top 10). The difference in obesity rates is entirely explained by demographics of each state. Wisconsin has both a larger black and a larger Hispanic population. Blacks and Hispanics both have higher rates of obesity than the lily white and purple mudducks.

  21. Minneapolis cops have had the reputation for thumping people for decades. I was warned about them in the 80’s.

  22. attenmurph No wisconsin isn’t close to Minnesota’s rate at all. The badger state is the 19th fattest state. And Minnesota is 39th. 30-34.9% of the people in wisky are obese.Stop with the alternative facts.

  23. Viking fans are trying their hardest to find something at which they have bragging rights, because it sure isn’t pro football, is it?

    They have now chosen to brag about a fan that is 5’9″ tall, weighs 260 lbs, and has a belt size of 52. They want to bust their buttons bragging about this guy while comparing him to someone who s also 5’9″ tall, but weighs 268, and has a belt size of 54.

    Yeah, you beat the entire country on that one, good job. Another reason to break out the confetti. Or, you can simply continue picking fights over petty things to make yourselves feel better.

    Your choice.

  24. stellarperformance says:

    Viking fans are trying their hardest to find something at which they have bragging rights, because it sure isn’t pro football, is it?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Keep telling yourself these bold face lies if it makes you feel like a bigger man.

    You just keep getting smaller and smaller to those of us that understand the game of football.

    Your Packers have a string of one NFC Division Championship. The Vikings won it the year before.

    The Packers took until 2014 to win 4 in a row for their very first time.

    The Vikings did that back in 1971. Then they won 6 in a row starting in 1973.

    I’ll do the math for you – that’s 10 out of 11 years (91%).

    Your Packers with their current “hot” streak have taken 20 years to win 10 NFC (50%) Divisional Titles.

    The Vikings have 19 of the 50 Championships (38%)

    The Packers have 15 (30%), the Bears 10 (20%), the Lions and the Bucs have 3 each (6%).

    The Vikings have proven to be the most consistent leader of the NFC North/Central Division – and that drives you crazy as in most seasons you’ve had to look up in the standings to find the Vikings… 😀

  25. atthemurph says:

    Actually Wisconsin’s obesity rate is only slighter higher than Minnesota’s (neither is in the top 10). The difference in obesity rates is entirely explained by demographics of each state. Wisconsin has both a larger black and a larger Hispanic population. Blacks and Hispanics both have higher rates of obesity than the lily white and purple mudducks.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Lie much?

    U.S. Census Bureau Statistics for 2016:

    White Population – WI – 87.5% – MN – 85%

    So which state is more “lilly white”???

  26. As a preemptive strike to the Packer trolls that will talk about making the playoffs for the last 8 years in a row…

    Just remember, without that cute little streak of 8 in a row, the Packers would only have made the playoffs 14 out of the 50 years of divisional play.

    That would also mean that the Packers would have 5 fewer divisional titles – or only 10 in 50 years.

    That is how historically bad the Packers had been prior to their recent little run…

  27. stellarperformance says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Viking fans are trying their hardest to find something at which they have bragging rights, because it sure isn’t pro football, is it?
    _________

    Maybe not recently, but at least we have bragging rights on the truth. You sit on a throne of lies in your attempts to denigrate Minnesota.

  28. The Phantom Stranger says:
    August 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Maybe not recently, but at least we have bragging rights on the truth. You sit on a throne of lies in your attempts to denigrate Minnesota.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    When I finished laughing beer out my nose, I realized you’re not grasping something. I am not (usually) a proactive poster trying to be the first with a pointless insult. I am (primarily) a reactive poster, responding to the denigration of the Packers and Packer fans. Stopping the insanity starts with Viking fans. The Packers have earned bragging rights and thus respect. Show it, and the reactive posts will cease. Pretty simple, huh?

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