Rocklin Police Department officer Brad Alford was arraigned Monday morning in Placer County Superior Court on charges related to use of excessive force.
Alford pleaded not guilty to three felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily harm, assault by a public officer, and filing a false report.
In September, the Rocklin Police Department turned over evidence to the Placer County District Attorney regarding an arrest Alford made of a driver suspected to be under the influence.
Attorney Stewart Katz is representing that driver, Emelio Perez-Chavez, on the misdemeanor charges Perez-Chavez is facing, which include driving under the influence and obstructing an officer.
Katz was in court today regarding those charges. Katz says that in the course of his client’s arrest, Alford beat Perez-Chavez with his baton, breaking Perez-Chavez’s arm and fracturing his finger. Perez-Chavez continues to deal with the emotional aftermath of the arrest, according to his attorney.
Katz is pushing to review the video evidence that the police department handed over to the district attorney’s office. Deputy District Attorney Raymond DeJesus would not comment on whether he believes the video should be made public in this case.
Late last month, Katz filed a claim against the city of Rocklin, calling the beating Perez-Chavez received “unprovoked, savage, and relentless.” The claim also states that other officers indirectly caused Perez-Chavez’s injuries by “failing to intervene or tacitly or explicitly approving” of the beating.
Katz says the claim is a preliminary step before filing a lawsuit against the city.
Attorneys for Alford will be back in court on Jan. 9.