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Owner of car painted with swastika allegedly by Torrance police wants $6 million in damages

‘They’re acting like gangsters, trying to intimidate me,’ said Kiley Swaine about the vandalism to his Hyundai


The owner of an impounded car allegedly painted with a swastika by two ex-Torrance police officers is suing for $6 million in damages, alleging a tow truck yard colluded with the city to hide the police involvement.

Swastika painted on seat of Kiley Swaine's car by Torrance Police Department officers
Swastika painted on seat of Kiley Swaine’s car by Torrance Police Department officers

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges Van Lingen Towing conspired with the city partially so car owner Kiley Swaine would not find out the Torrance department was responsible until after the one year statute of limitations for litigation had expired. The suit contends the statute, which is the deadline for filing civil action, should not have begun ticking until Swaine was officially informed of the department’s involvement in October 2021 — almost two years after the damage to his Hyundai.

That was also two months after the Police Department announced at a press conference the alleged involvement of former Officers Corey Weldin and Christopher Tomsic, who are facing criminal charges of conspiracy and vandalism for allegedly spray painting the swastika and a smiley face inside Swaine’s car.