Peter Michael Daniel v. City of Sweetwater
Patino & Associated defended the rights of Peter Michael Daniel, a teenager who was arrested in connection with a stolen Jet Ski and taken to police headquarters in the city of Sweetwater. While in police custody, Daniel was brutally beaten and later driven by the mayor of Sweetwater to the home of a friend. Daniel was initially charged with aggression against a law enforcement officer, but the charges were later dropped for lack of evidence. Patino & Associates filed a lawsuit against the city of Sweetwater, claiming police misconduct, abuse and violation of the teen’s civil rights. The city settled the case for several millions of dollars.