Stockton, CA — On an afternoon in Stockton, California, 16-year-old Joseph Lee “Joe” Green walked into a California Stop convenience store to purchase some candy for his little sister who was outside with their mother gassing up the car. However, Stockton police Officer Robert Johnson would make sure this would never happen by savagely beating and then kidnapping Green because he tried to use a damaged bill for his purchase.
This month, a San Joaquin County civil trial jury decided that Johnson used excessive force and violated several constitutional rights of this innocent child when he violently beat him for no apparent reason. Officer Bobby Wong was also found equally responsible for intentional infliction of emotional distress for not intervening to stop his partner.
According to Recordnet.com, the 12-person jury, after a week of testimony, agreed that Green proved his claims against Johnson of assault; battery; intentional infliction of emotional distress; violation of his 4th Amendment rights; making an arrest without probable cause; denial of medical care; violation of the Bane Act that protects him from threats, intimidation or coercion; malice, oppression or fraud.
The jury awarded nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to Green for his false arrest and violent beating. The beating originally took place on February 17, 2011 and it has taken Green and his family this long to see any semblance of justice. This was in spite of the fact that the entire ordeal was captured on the store’s surveillance system.
As KQED reports:
Then 16-year-old Green stopped at a gas station convenience store on Feb. 17, 2011 to buy candy for his 5-year-old sister while his mother filled the car up with gas. Green tried to pay with a damaged bill, which the clerk wouldn’t take. Plainclothes Stockton police Officer Robert Johnson, who was grabbing water with his partner Officer Robert Wong, was waiting in line behind Green.