Orange County Register Logo Man tased by OC deputies after calling 911 to complain about them gets $500,000

‘It’s another case where the cops didn’t know the law. They feel it’s a crime to not ID yourself to a cop,’ said an attorney for David Andrews


Orange County supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $500,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging two deputies tased a man who called 911 to complain they were harassing him.

The settlement was approved in closed session and later accepted by attorneys for David Andrews.

The civil rights lawsuit alleges Deputies Stephan Harder and Robert Seamans used excessive force on Andrews, who was sleeping in his car in the parking lot of a Yorba Linda gym in the early morning hours of Aug. 2, 2018.

According to the lawsuit, Harder and Seamans — who generated news stories in 2017 for using his body to shield civilians in the  Las Vegas shooting at a musical festival — saw the car while on patrol and stopped to investigate. They walked up to the vehicle with guns drawn and flashlights out, waking up Andrews. They ordered Andrews out of the car and then questioned him about what he was doing. They also demanded to see his identification.