Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs fan who flipped off Chargers crowd gets charges against him dropped

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Take that, city of San Diego!
  • Take that, city of San Diego!
Chiefs fan Jason Ensign has finally cleared his name. Ensign was arrested in 2009 at a Chargers-Chiefs game in San Diego after he flipped off the home crowd. Security guards then allegedly roughed up Ensign while kicking him out of Qualcomm Stadium. He was charged with battery.

Earlier this year, Judge Gale Kaneshiro ruled that Ensign couldn't be charged under a city ordinance banning "noisy, rowdy or boisterous manner as to disturb spectators or participants" at stadium events because the law was too vague. Last week, Kaneshiro took the final step in clearing Ensign's name by ordering that the charges against him be dropped once and for all.

Kaneshiro found that Ensign was responsible for following the NFL code of conduct, and that stadium security could use force to remove fans from their seats. But, she said, the guards that bounced Ensign used too much force and grabbed him before asking him to get out.

“Words alone, no matter how offensive or exasperating, do not justify the initial use of unlawful force,” she wrote, according to the Associated Press.

Finally, the criminal drama is over, and Ensign, his good name restored, can focus on his civil suit against San Diego. Ensign sued the city, claiming that he lost his nursing job because of the bogus charges, and the state nursing board even opened an investigation into him. That case has a hearing in September, just in time for another Chargers-Chiefs showdown at Qualcomm Stadium.


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