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Man alleges harassment by police officer

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A man is working to file a lawsuit against the Guam Police Department on claims that he was harassed by a police officer after he was apparently wrongfully accused of being the suspect of a hit-and-run incident.

"He starts giving that temper attitude and he starts giving that, 'Oh, I'm badass' and that kind of attitude," Jonathan Hudson told KUAM News. "Is the Guam Police Department for the people or are they against the people?"

The 27-year-old Hudson was is in shock after he claims that a police officer approached him at the Century Plaza parking lot in Tamuning late Sunday afternoon. Hudson says the officer approached him from behind and began looking into his car. "Then all he said to me, "Ay! Stop asking damn question [sic]! I'm the one doing the investigation around here, not you," he said.

Hudson says the officer told him his car matched the description to a hit and run, saying, "My car is not hit, it's its in perfect shape...he was rude from the beginning to end, he was treating me like some kind of criminal when I wasn't doing anything, I was just at G3 trying to Xerox a form for my job. Not there to mess around, but he acted like I was some kind of criminal and he treated me like an animal."

Hudson, who has an existing heart condition, says immediately after the altercation with the officer, he had to be rushed to the hospital. "They had to rip off my shirt just to control me because I was biting my tongue, I was shaking very bad all because of that incident," he said.

He then questioned, "Is that how the police department is suppose to talk to people? Rudely, impolite, being aggressive? Is that how they're trained? If that's the case, then they should not be working for the force at all."

Hudson says he sent his concerns about GPD to the Lieutenant Governor, who oversees all public safety agencies, as well as Public Safety Oversight Chair Senator Adolpho Palacios. He says the incident has also made him lose him appetite to eat and sleep.

Likewise, Hudson filed a complaint with GPD's Internal Affairs Division today. He says he will take legal action if his complaint is not taken seriously. "I'm looking towards hiring an attorney and I'm going to forward this for harassment and insult because you know what I have nothing at all to be scared of and this officer is trying to scare me," he said.

In the meantime, GPD Spokesperson Officer A.J. Balajadia says internal affairs has received the complaint and will look into the allegations.

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