Police Abuse

Family Attacked by Deputy During Traffic Stop Agrees to $150,000 Settlement

Yelling, hitting, Tasers, the whole deal


A Nipomo family allegedly brutalized by a sheriff's deputy during a stop for a minor traffic violation in 2012 agreed to a $150,000 settlement from San Luis Obispo County.

In July 2012, deputy Steven Hurl pulled behind Jesus Ruiz who had been driving approximately 15 miles over the speed limit. Ruiz had just pulled into a driveway after leaving church

Hurl pointed a gun at the alleged speeder, called for backup, began yelling commands, shot Ruiz in the back and then the side with a Taser gun, elbowed him in the head and clubbed him repeatedly, according to the lawsuit filed in January by attorney James McKiernan.