Brothers sue Puyallup, say police assaulted them

Lawsuit says one was beaten on the head, hand and lower back, breaking a bone

adam.lynn@thenewstribune.comDecember 10, 2013 

Two brothers who say Puyallup police brutalized them two years ago have sued the city.

Tyler and Brett Hoober, both 25, seek unspecified damages for “severe and permanent physical injuries” and “emotional distress,” according to their lawsuit, filed last week in Pierce County Superior Court. The men, who are identical twins, are represented by attorneys Tamara Clower and John Meske.

Attempts to reach Puyallup city attorney Kevin Yamamoto were unsuccessful Monday.

The Hoobers say they were injured Dec. 5, 2011, at their home in the 2800 block of Forest Ridge Court North in Puyallup. Police officers David Obermiller and Michael Clark went to the house after a road worker told police that Tyler Hoober drove through a construction site even though a flagger signaled for him to stop, the lawsuit states.

The officers allegedly forced Tyler Hoober out of the house and threw him over a concrete barrier, the suit contends.

“He then was handcuffed while face down on the ground and then assaulted with a police baton by the defendants,” the suit states.

His brother allegedly received similar treatment. Brett Hoober was “beaten with a police baton on his head, left hand (fracturing a metacarpal bone) and the left side of his lower back,” the lawsuit contends.

Tyler Hoober later was charged in Puyallup Municipal Court with reckless driving, resisting arrest and failing to comply with a police officer, all misdemeanors. The reckless driving and resisting arrest charges were dismissed, but he was convicted of failing to comply, records show.

The terms of his sentence were not immediately available.

Brett Hoober was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer, but that charge was dismissed, records show.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

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