Tempe Police "Party Patrol" Brutalize ASU Golfer, Harass His Friends on Facebook, According to Lawsuit

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Party poopers.

​Next time you're partying at Arizona State University, consider Noah Frochtzwajg, ASU student and aspiring golfer.

He was enjoying the company of friends at 2 a.m. on Sunday August 29, 2010, when Tempe police came knocking at his apartment.

Frochtzwaig saw two officers and opened the door to let them in. They stormed the room with three more officers and knocked him to the ground.

From there, they handcuffed him, forced his friends to leave "one by one," and laughed at him, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Tempe Police Department yesterday.

After 30 minutes, the police officers uncuffed Frochtzwaig and released him without pressing charges. Frochtzwaig addressed a complaint to Tempe PD's Internal Affairs office -- after which  the sergeant in charge of the investigation started harassing his friends on Facebook with "personal and embarrassing questions," according to the suit.

The complaint further alleges that Tempe PD employs a squad of police officers known as the "Party Patrol" whose job is to go around shutting down parties.

But, the complaint alleges, their job isn't "simply [to] disrupt parties whose noise, etc., exceeded legal boundaries, or where underaged drinking had been established."

It's to "raid any student social gathering."

The complaint calls the cops' actions "heavy handed and needlessly forceful," claims Frochtzwjg suffered abrasions and injuries, and that his golf career was damaged.

He was going to attend the PGA's qualifying school last year when this incident occurred, the complaint claims.

The complaint alleges nine counts, including unlawful civil-rights violations, assault, battery, and wrongful imprisonment. It seeks unspecified damages.

TPD Sergeant Steve Carbajal declined to discuss the pending litigation, per department rules.

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RonaldMcDonald69
RonaldMcDonald69

Hmmm. While this story sounds pitiful, something about it smells fishy. Sounds like maybe more went on, perhaps previous calls to the same location. And maybe some smart ass remarks during those previous police contacts.

And maybe there are some neighbors that don't appreciate listening to partying at 2 am. As someone who had to call the police on idiots partying in the wee hours of the morning, this story makes me even less sympathetic.

malasangre
malasangre

smart ass remarks are protected speech cop licker

guadalupe zamorano
guadalupe zamorano

i know a person he was in jail 4 years ago possession drugs  and he was deported because is ilegal, he lives 1145 w Baseline, apartament 1038, Tempe Az, 85283, and he worked Houston's Restaurant, 6113 N Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Az 82250, shift in the morning, and Bj''s restaurant Brewery, Blvd. Chandler outside Chandler Mall, Chandler Az. 85550, shift evenning,  he used social security falses both, one the person die an other is false the number, the drivers licences also are falses both are Mexican's, one the name is for a women name.  

psychbob498th
psychbob498th

IM a pussy ass golfer from Scottsdale. I wear striped polo shirts with the nerd collars. beat me up and kill me please.

Tom Ready
Tom Ready

Walter, Gregory, "huh" is correct in my book. Why can't lawyers learn to write? Unless they were trying to obfuscate the facts. If it is what you say it is, Walter, why didn't these functionally illiterate attorneys just say it the way you did?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

You're pretty bright Gregory.   I think the intent of the lawsuit was to show how the cops caused the possible loss of the student's future income from playing golf in the PBA due to injury caused by the same cops.   Does your editor tell you to include comments like "Huh"?    It makes you look incompetent by showing you don't understand the implications of something you just wrote and condoning the behaviour of cops that brutalize your rights.

Gregory Pratt
Gregory Pratt

A regrettable typo. Thank you for pointing it out.

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