Aug 15, 2014 8:26 PM by Lauren Reimer
TUCSON - The News 4 Tucson Investigators first told you Tuesday how the young woman allegedly knocked over by a Tucson Police officer during the Main Gate Melee planned to file a lawsuit notice. She did just that one day later.
We spoke with Christina Gardilcic for the first time since her lawyer filed the paperwork. She said, she's upset by all the negative comments about her on social media.
Gardilcic graduated from the University of Arizona in May with a psychology degree. She's now living in California, but said the events that unfolded the night of March 29 have stuck with her.
You've probably seen the video captured by TPD body cameras, and another witness, of TPD Sergeant Joel Mann shoving Gardilcic into a bench.
"Physically, I'm fine, those injuries are long gone, mentally it's very stressful," said Gardilcic.
Gardilcic is claiming battery. She said it took her mind off her schoolwork with just a little more than a month left before graduation.
Now the 21-year-old is asking the City of Tucson, TPD Police Chief Roberto Villasenor, and Sgt. Mann to settle the case for $375,000.
"All I really wanted was an apology," said Gardilcic.
But what she's getting is harsh words over the internet. Gardilcic said posts and comments by Facebook users have left her feeling bullied.
"I mean, it definitely gets to you when you read a bunch of bad things over and over again and it makes me second guess things sometimes too," Gardilcic said. "I didn't ask for this, and I would take this back immediately, it has nothing to do with money or anything like that for me."
Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin said he is reviewing the claim. Chief Villasenor was out of town and could not be reached for a comment.
The city has 60 days to respond and can either settle for the requested $375,000, or do nothing. If the city does not respond, the claim is considered 'denied' and Gardilcic and her lawyer can move forward with a lawsuit.
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