Officer Branden Combs is one of the cops that, according to the Portland Independent Media Center (“Breaking News Archive Anti-Police Brutality/Murder March 3/29/10”), was observed by participants in the March 29th 2010 street march assaulting people with his bicycle.
He is also named in a lawsuit for false arrest, assault and battery, and denial of civil rights stemming from an incident on August 5, 2007. According to the lawsuit, “without warning, [the victim] was tackled and thrown to the sidewalk and into a building by three to four police officers. His hands were handcuffed behind his back, he was kicked in the ribs several times, and he was struck or kicked in the temple.” The person that was beat up by the cops was charged with harassment and interfering with a police officer, but was acquitted at trial and is now suing the City of Portland and police officers Branden Combs, Brian Hubbard, Aaron Schmautz, Matthew Wells and Jason Worthington.
“Another Alleged Portland Police Tackle: This Time, It’s a Lawsuit”
August 6th, 2009, Willamette Week
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Officer Branden Combs