Vikings fan arrested for grabbing officer's stun gun found not guilty

And he's suing the police for using excessive force.

A jury has acquitted a Vikings fan who was escorted out of a game in handcuffs last year.

Anastacio Lopez lives in Dallas but traveled to Minnesota on Dec. 1, 2016 to see the Vikings play the Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium. Apparently he had too much to drink and had to be escorted out of the game, according to a criminal complaint.

That's when things took a turn for the worse for the fan.

While officers were escorting Lopez out of the building, he started to fight them and "grabbed onto one of the officer's duty belt and attempted to grab the officer's taser," the complaint says.

Lopez was charged with attempting to disarm an officer. The complaint states that he claimed he couldn't remember fighting with other spectators or with police.

But a jury found Lopez not guilty on Wednesday, and Lopez is crediting footage from a security camera for setting him free.

KSTP obtained the video, which shows Lopez pinned on the ground, punched and tasered by two officers. 

Lopez admitted to the station that he drank too much at the game and "doesn't remember much," but that the video proves the officers used excessive force.

In April, Lopez filed a civil suit against the NFL franchise, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minneapolis Police Department, and a private security agency, saying he "suffered broken bones, severe bruising and pain, and lacerations," City Pages says.

Lopez told KSTP that talking to others who reported similar police mistreatment influenced his decision to sue.

“I met a lot of people that said this happens to them,” Lopez told the station. “But they told me, if you have it on video or something, you need to do something about it, because it happens to a lot of people here. I want the voice of those people heard.”

The suit is asking $75,000 in damages, the Star Tribune says.

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