Ballaz v. City of Los Angeles

Government Claim for Damages Pursuant to Government Code Sections 905 and 910 et seq.


Browne Green filed a government claim for damages against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department on behalf of Patricia "Patti" Ballaz. A camerawoman for FOX TV News in Los Angeles, Ms. Ballaz alleges that she was attacked and injured by Los Angeles Police Department Officers while she was on assignment covering a May 1, 2007 immigration rights rally at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, CA. This is a mandatory first step, required by California law, before the Claimant can file a civil law suit for personal injuury against the Respondents in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Patti Ballaz, age 48, and FOX TV reporter Christina Gonzalez were on assignment covering the May 1, 2007 Immigration Rights Rally in Los Angeles. At approximately 6:00 PM, they were on location at the rally at MacArthur Park and were standing within a police-designated area for the press. While Ms. Ballaz was filming the event, she was allegedly struck several times by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who were using batons and who knocked her and her camera to the ground, causing her to sustain severe injuries.

Claimant alleges that the City of Los Angeles Police Department were negligent and reckless in using unwarranted force at the rally which caused her to be injured, and later taken to St. John's Hospital for medical treatment. She also alleges that Respondents' acts or failures to act precipitated the dangerous conditions that led to her attack.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | State, 9th Circuit, California | United States

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