Morteza Amiri

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Service Record

Brentwood California Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Ended approximately November 2017.[1]
Salary $91,762 (2017)[2]
Last Known Status Separated

Antioch California Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired approximately November 2017.[3]
Salary $296,324 (2021)[4]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave[5]

Incident Reports

From March 2019 to November 2021, Amiri deployed his K9 partner "Purcy" to bite at least 28 subjects.[3]

In early 2022, the department temporarily suspended "Purcy" and removed Amiri from the Canine Unit.[3]

2019 Arrest of Vance Gattis

On April 19, 2019, Amiri pulled over a vehicle in which Gattis was a passenger. Amiri ordered Gattis from the vehicle. A struggle ensued, and Amiri put Gattis in a choke hold and deployed his K9. Two other officers punched Gattis, beat him with flashlights, and tasered him.[6]

Response Timeline

On April 17, 2020, Gattis filed a lawsuit against the city, the police chief, and several officers.[7]

On November 24, 2020, the city agreed to settle the lawsuit for $29,000.[8]

2019-2021 College Fraud

Response Timeline

On August 16, 2023, a federal grand jury indicted the officers for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Wire Fraud. The indictment requires the officers to forfeit any gains received if convicted on either charge.[9] The officers face 20 years in prison for each charge, plus fines.[10]

2019-2022 Rights Violations

Response Timeline

On August 16, 2023, a federal grand jury claimed that the officers "conspired and agreed together and with each other... to injure, oppress, threaten, and intimidate residents of Antioch" and indicted the officers for Conspiracy Against Rights and Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law. Amiri was also indicted for Destruction, Alteration, and Falsification of Records in Federal Investigations.[3]

On May 8, 2024, Wilson and Smith filed a civil lawsuit against Wenger, Rombough, Amiri, and the city for violating their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.[11]

2019-2022 Racist Texts

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