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Roseville police arrest son of man who sued Sacramento over alleged police brutality

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A man whose father once filed a police brutality lawsuit against the city of Sacramento was arrested Monday evening by the Roseville Police Department and could face a resisting arrest charge.

Brandon Hunter, 31, is being held without bail in South Placer Jail for violating his parole and could be charged with resisting officers, violating a court order and obstruction, according to jail records.

Roseville Police Department spokesman Rob Baquera confirmed Hunter’s arrest but could not comment on the circumstances leading up to it.

“We stand behind that (resisting arrest charge),” Baquera said.

His father, Anthony Hunter, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of resisting arrest on April 28, 1999, after two Sacramento Police Department officers encountered him at the Arden/Del Paso light rail station, according to previous reporting by The Bee.

Anthony, who is black, was seen kissing his white girlfriend at the station by the officers, who suspected the couple was drunk, according to previous reporting by The Bee.

The officers said they attempted to pat Anthony down for weapons when he refused and started a fight. Anthony said the officers were driven by racial bias and used excessive force, according to previous reporting by The Bee. He claimed he was permanently disabled by his injuries, which included a fractured eye and jaw, vision damage, a chipped tooth and a back injury.

The resisting arrest charges against Anthony were dropped in February 2000, but he filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city in March 2000 that claimed the arresting officers used racially-charged language and the police department had covered up brutality with baseless resisting arrest charges, according to previous reporting by The Bee.

A federal jury ruled against him and found his constitutional rights were not violated. The two arresting officers were given letters of reprimand over the incident and took medical retirements, testifying that their backs were injured during the arrest, according to previous reporting by The Bee.

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