Washoe County pays woman $75k after she alleges officer used "excessive force" on her

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Updated: 7/12/2013 5:51 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County paid a woman $75,000 on Jul. 11, 2013 after she claimed a deputy "manhandled her and used excessive force" during an arrest, according to the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.

Lauren Kettell, 19, was paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe on Jul. 2, 2011, when Deputy Brent Coss approached her and instructed her to wear a life vest, according to Kettell's lawyer, Terri Keysercooper. According to Keysercooper, Kettell and her friends began paddling back toward her grandparents' house where the life vests were located and Coss demanded Kettell get in his boat. Kettell said no, and instead said she would talk to him on the beach.

When Kettell was standing on the beach, Keysercooper says Coss ran at her, grabbed her, threw her down and jumped on top of her. Keysercooper says Coss was on top of her with his knee in her back for almost ten minutes.

Kettell was taken to a hospital and then to Washoe County Detention Center.

She was charged with resisting a public officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and operating a vessel (paddle board) without sufficient personal flotation devices, all misdemeanors. In September of, all charges against her were dismissed, according to Keysercooper.
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HPWA Jack - 12/5/2014 8:54 AM
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First things first. Why would anyone with a brain require you to put a life jacket on a paddleboard. You are not required to wear the thing. Call the Coat Guard and ask them why!

Paladin - 7/13/2013 6:49 PM
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Keyser-Cooper is a certifiable NUT. She is an "anti-establishment" cop hater that has harassed the local law enforcement agencies for decades. I hadn't heard her name in years. If she had one case against a PD in this area that had any merit, she had ten others that were pure harassment. Her and her frivolous lawsuits became the community joke among attorneys. I figured she went off to burning man years ago and never returned. SO glad to hear she is still in our community, I feel so much safer.

tonysam - 7/12/2013 5:22 PM
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What's with the crack about the attorney? I have known her, and she does not take cases that are without merit. She is a sole practitioner. Now I could tell you some truly slimeball attorneys in Reno who file lawsuits simply to get the insurance payout. Complete and total scumbags.

Incline21 - 7/12/2013 3:44 PM
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This is the SECOND lawsuit against this lunatic officer!!! And he's only 30 years old? He should be off the force

Kramer - 7/12/2013 3:17 PM
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It's Keyser-Cooper. Maybe if U were a "local" U would remember this name from a number of lawsuits against reno pd. "all charges dropped" pretty much sums it up. Wonder if the deputy had liability insurance. too bad she wasn't topless too!

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