San Antonio Man Paralyzed After "Mistaken Identity" Beating Files Federal Lawsuit Against SAPD, Officers


Rogelio "Roger" Carlos - CARLOS FAMILY
  • Carlos Family
  • Rogelio "Roger" Carlos
Rogelio “Roger” Carlos, who was mistakenly beaten by San Antonio Police officers and paralyzed during a surgery to heal injuries he suffered, has filed a federal lawsuit against the San Antonio Police Department, the City of San Antonio and several police officers.

Carlos, who filed the lawsuit with his wife on Thursday, March 10, was struck multiple times by the officers, who were pursuing a suspect wanted on drug- and weapons-related possession charges. In a November surgery to relieve pressure on his vertebrae, Carlos was paralyzed from the chest down. He and his wife have three young sons.

The police officers listed in the complaint include Carlos Chavez, Virgilio Gonzalez and an unnamed officer called "Detective John Doe." The officer's identity was withheld from the lawsuit because he is an undercover drug task force officer embedded with SAPD.

The officers were initially given 15-day suspensions for the event, which was later shortened to five days. The FBI is currently investigating the case, according to KENS.

The Carlos' have set up a GoFundMe to help with medical bills.

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