The protester lost his testicle after being shot with a rubber bullet: a suit
A George Floyd protester lost a testicle – permanently disfiguring it – after being shot with a rubber bullet by Los Angeles police, he claims in a new lawsuit.
David Bond said he protested peacefully on May 29 when police began pushing back protesters before unleashing pepper spray and a hail of rubber bullets, according to the federal complaint in central California.
The Friday file accuses officials of “shooting indiscriminately and without justification at the peaceful demonstrators, many of whom raised their hands in surrender at the time”.
One of these rubber bullets hit Bond’s leg and testicle, causing him to “fall to the floor bleeding and in great pain,” the court records say. The police did not offer him medical care.
Bond “was in no way combative or offensive,” claims the lawsuit.
“The plaintiff was merely walking backwards in obedience to the officers’ orders as the line of scrimmage pushed the crowd forward” around 10 p.m. near Second and Spring Streets in downtown LA.
Bond says he had to undergo emergency surgery in which “one of his testicles had to be surgically removed because of the damage” – and now has “permanent disfigurement,” the court documents claim.
The lawsuit also notes that Bond is a third party bringing testicular injuries due to “excessive and unreasonable violence” by the LAPD during the Floyd protests.
28-year-old Ben Montemayor was shot dead in the groin by LAPD at close range with a foam-covered round during a protest in June in a videotaped incident.
And on May 30, Bradley Stein was shot dead in the groin and leg with a rubber bullet in the groin and leg, according to the suit by the LAPD, causing a broken testicle.
Bond says in his lawsuit that this shows “a pattern and practice of deliberate aiming and intent to similarly injure male peaceful protesters”.
Not only was Bond injured, but he also accused the police of violating his constitutional right to protest.
On July 29, Bond filed a lawsuit with the City of LA, which was denied on September 28.
He is now looking for unspecified harm to past and future suffering, disfigurement, emotional distress, embarrassment, medical expenses, lost wages, and other claims.
A LAPD spokesman said the department does not comment on pending litigation.