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Another complaint emerges against Pasadena police department

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The alleged incident occurred at Pasadena's Rose Bowl.

In new court filings, a Pasadena police officer is accused of using excessive force against a man at the Rose Bowl in June 2011.

Pasadena's police department has been under scrutiny for the past couple of months, following the death of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade and the subsequent investigation of the incident. Since the shooting, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez has asked the LA Sheriff's department to investigate claims against two officers.

Now new accusations have been brought, this time citing Officer Gawlik and an unnamed female officer, who allegedly tackled a man, then arrested him and charged him with being drunk in public and resisting arrest. After being approached by Gawlick because of a drunk friend, Matthew Deuel apparently asked Gawlick if his friend didn't have a First Amendment right to be where he was, the complaint says: