Worcester Excessive Force Lawsuit Claims Two Officers Beat Innocent Man

A lawsuit filed by Edwin Vega-Santiago claims two Worcester, MS police officers attacked him without warning and without any real justification. In the suit, Vega-Santiago states he was standing on a street corner with a friend and his girlfriend when a police car pulled up next to him and, without even saying anything, Detectives Michael Ryder and James Guittar began assaulting him.

After being slammed against the patrol car and punched several times, including twice in the groin, Vega-Santiago was knocked to the ground and his head hit the pavement. Vega-Santiago, who is an epileptic, then had a seizure. Det. Ryder can be scene in a video recorded by a witness jabbing him in the face with a baton as he has the seizure, even though they claimed in their police report that they never took their batons out during the incident.

Even though he was not arrested or charged with any crime, police also claim in their report that Vega-Santiago and the others in his group were trespassing at the time. In addition, they state that he didn’t actually have a seizure, but was just faking it because “he didn’t want to go to jail” and had “spontaneously gone to the ground and started having seizures.” However after noticing his medical alert band, which identifies him as an epileptic, they took him to the hospital.

According to Vega-Santiago’s girlfriend, when Ryder was jabbing him with his baton he called him “a scumbag piece of shit junkie.” After which, Det. Guittar told her to leave or she would go to jail and called her a “Puerto Rican [expletive].”

The lawsuit also states that the Worcester Police Department has a long history of police brutality and not holding police accountable for that brutality:
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The complaint, filed by Vega’s attorney Hector Piniero, alleges that the city and police department have a history of not investigating when officers use force against citizens.

“The defendants City of Worcester and Gemme routinely failed to substantively investigate cases of persons getting hurt by the police, even if victims complained,” the complaint reads.

The complaint also notes that there are currently 14 open civil rights cases against the Worcester Police Department and specifically references the recent charges brought against Officer Michael Motyka for allegedly beating a shackled prisoner and making alleged racist comments.

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12 Comments

  1. Well you’ll know Common Sense would taunt the victim unless he decides not to because of me commenting that he would. but we’ll see if he does or doesn’t

  2. Looks like the article leaves out that this took place in 2012, how odd. Maybe he just came too, 3 years later, and filed his claim. Or…he’s low grade heroin user looking for some cash.

    “…..Vega has a long history with the Worcester Police Department, including eight charges in 2013, six charges in 2012 and six additional charges from 2008 to 2011. Most of these cases were for trespassing, court records indicate….”
    Non-starter.

    1. Wow. This lawyer is a beauty.

      Inthinkntjebbest part from him was the line about the batons. NOWHERE does the complaint allege that the police struck him with a baton. The lawyer see the baton and has an “ah hah” moment because the police say they didn’t “deploy” their batons. Right douche bag. They didn’t. Even your client doesn’t say that a baton was used on him.
      The police had boots on to. We’re those deployed as well?

      1. Your death is one that will have to be filmed for all to enjoy. It will be very special, and nothing of the regular sort. Not like a simple beheading or a simple skinning. No, something very special is in order for you.

      2. Funny how we have seen 2 stories of cops telling lies on reports. Lets make sure we comment on those since I noticed you didn’t. The girl who was slammed face first where 2 cops wrote a rather comical rendition of how the cop helped her from her chair and….when it was a pick up and slam job. That’s them fabricating a story and the cop in the naked ladies’ house. Where he left out relevant information in his report. That’s a lie by omission. I noticed how you chose to not talk about those.

        1. YF:
          So….to,YOU…this lawyer lying his ass off…and a girl,kicking an officer in the nuts and his pulling her out of a chair…is the same?

          1. A lying lawyer versus lying cops. Which is worse? A cop gets kicked and causes serious injuries and 2 cops lie on reports about what was done calling it justified. That is far worse than some scum bag lawyer. If you want to buy he simply help her out of the chair, on to the ground akin to helping an old lady across the street or whatever the sgt said, you go ahead. But If the force used was soooooo justified, why embellish what happened?

  3. You left out a lot of information. He had a long criminal record, he is a drug user, and there is more to the story.

    1. How’s that karate expertise doing, slaps? LOL, you’re a fucking shit stain on old boxers, asshole. Proven liar and fake ass bitch, but you just keep going.

    2. There will be more to your story, but it won’t be told publicly. It will be a very private Horror Story.

  4. Why Does anybody put up with this shit? If these fuckers lived anywhere near me they would already be dead. Making body disappear is a piece of cake, you just can’t have a weak stomach. Humans don’t realize how easy it is.

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