A jury in Minneapolis found Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson not guilty of disorderly conduct, trespassing and use of force last June.
Johnson was pepper-sprayed and tasered by two off-duty Minneapolis police officers before being arrested at a restaurant/nightclub in October 2014. Johnson was accused of ignoring demands to leave the establishment, but argued that the two officers were the aggressors in the altercation and took cell phone video he used in his defense in court. Johnson’s lawyer said after his acquittal that he would file a civil lawsuit and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports he has gone ahead with that filing.
The suit charges officers Patrick McCarver and John Laluzerne with “excessive force, false arrest and unreasonable seizure” among other violations. Johnson also names the city of Minneapolis as a co-defendant to the two officers and argues that “improper seizure and use of unreasonable force … was enabled and directly caused by the custom or practice of the City of Minneapolis of deliberate indifference to the use of such unreasonable force and false arrests.”
Johnson is asking for $75,000 in damages. City Attorney Susan Segal said she was reviewing the suit and Lt. Bob Kroll, head of the police union, said Johnson was looking for “special treatment because he’s a Viking.”