Anti-gang activist to sue Nassau for false arrest

An ex-gang member turned activist is still looking to clear his name after he was found not guilty Friday of trespassing and resisting arrest charges leveled against him in 2006. Sergio Argueta says

News 12 Staff

Aug 8, 2008, 10:58 PM

Updated 5,825 days ago

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An ex-gang member turned activist is still looking to clear his name after he was found not guilty Friday of trespassing and resisting arrest charges leveled against him in 2006.
Sergio Argueta says he and other Hispanics were brutally assaulted by Nassau police inside the Majestic Diner in Westbury after a complaint was made about trouble at the diner.
The not guilty verdict was returned after a 3-week trial. Argueta and his lawyers plan to sue Nassau County alleging he was falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted.
?There was an abusive process and it was done with a racial motivation,? Argueta?s attorney Fred Brewington says.
Argueta says what made the entire situation even worse is that he's worked alongside the DAs office and police for years as a anti-gang activist, fighting to put an end to violence.
In the meantime, Argueta says he will continue serving the community as an anti-violence activist. He says he is still considering challenging incumbent Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) for her state Assembly seat.


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