A Walworth County jury acquitted a Whitewater woman of a felony charge but convicted her of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, during an incident where she claimed the police used “unreasonable force.”
The jury on Sept. 11 deliberated for an hour before reaching its verdicts for Ana M. Rodriguez, 47, of 9707 N. McCord Road, on charges she faced stemming from a Nov. 6, 2016, incident, court records show.
Police said she yelled and fought with officers before they shot her with a Taser.
The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office originally charged Rodriguez on Jan. 9, 2017, with misdemeanor resisting an officer. Rodriguez filed two notices of claim related to the incident last year.
On Feb. 24, 2017, Rodriguez filed one notice each with Walworth County and the city of Whitewater claiming she “suffered physical, mental and emotional distress” because police subjected her to “humiliation and trauma.”
The municipalities denied both claims.
It does not appear Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit related to the incident. A lawsuit is a step some take after a claim has been denied.
The district attorney’s office on Jan. 17, 2018, then filed a new complaint against Rodriguez adding charges of attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, a felony, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
At about 1:39 a.m. Nov. 6, 2016, Whitewater police officer Raymond Boro came across a 14-year-old girl who was alone at a car while her parents were at downtown bars, according to the criminal complaint. Rodriguez and the girl’s parents returned to the car about 2:20 a.m.
Officers reported Rodriguez yelled and resisted as they tried to put her in a squad car after she moved toward Boro and had to be pulled back, according to police reports and the complaint.
Rodriguez’s claim said the incident was a “violation of her civil rights,” and she sought damages for her injuries, which included $200 in medical costs.
She is set to be sentenced on the two misdemeanor convictions at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.