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CHULA VISTA, Calif. – For the first time, one of San Diego’s top Navy doctors is speaking out about what he calls a nightmare incident with Chula Vista police.
10News broke the story in 2011 of a lawsuit filed by Dr. Eric Harris after a violent encounter at a Jimmy Buffett concert at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in October 2008.
“I was incredulous as it was going on,” said Harris.
In a parking lot jammed with traffic, Harris, who heads the spinal surgery unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego, got out of his SUV to help create a space to merge.
He said a Chula Vista police officer yelled at him to get back in his SUV. Harris admitted that he muttered a curse word under his breath, and then headed back to the passenger side of his SUV.
Harris said CVPD Officer Frank Krafft came from behind and slammed his face into the vehicle three times
“The worst thing was my children were screaming in the back seat,” said Harris.
Harris was arrested on charges including resisting arrest. Prosecutors declined to pursue the case, but Harris filed a lawsuit against the city of Chula Vista.
Weeks after the incident, Harris was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
More than four years after the incident, the case marches on.
The city of Chula Vista retained outside counsel, and the legal bills continue to grow.