Ross was doing what he's done every day for the last few years-- handing out bottled of water to homeless people.
In a claim filed Tuesday by John "David" Ross, 74, the so-called "Water Man" said an unidentified officer grabbed his head, twisted his arm and threw him to the ground while he was passing out water to the homeless at K and 15th streets the morning of March 15, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Similar claims were also filed by Marvin Britton, 59, and Myron Hill, 41. The men claim the officer became violent when they questioned why he ordered a crowd receiving water to disperse. They are seeking damages in excess of $25,000.
The department, Police Chief William Lansdowne, the City Council and two unidentified officers are also named in the claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit. San Diego 6.
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