American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed an excessive force lawsuit in November 2017 against the Worthington Police Department, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington on behalf of Anthony Promvongsa. 

Case Update

WON! On October 10, 2018, Anthony Promvongsa won a $60,000 settlement from the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington as a result of his lawsuit challenging their maltreatment of him during a 2016 traffic stop.

Case Background

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed an excessive force lawsuit against the Worthington Police Department, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the City of Worthington along with a number of individual officers on behalf of their client, Anthony Promvongsa a local Worthington resident. Promvongsa was assaulted by Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Officer Joe Joswiak in Worthington in 2016. Also present at the scene was Sergeant Tim Gaul of the Worthington Police Department.

Attorney(s)

Jen Cornell and Allyson Petersen of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA along with Ian Bratlie and Teresa Nelson of the ACLU-MN.

Date filed

November 15, 2017

Court

District Court

Status

Won

Case number

0:17-cv-05116

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