In the August 13 online article titled “Tased and Confused,” The Santa Barbara Independent details an incident during Fiesta in which “The manager and co-owner of a State Street restaurant is claiming he was seriously and wrongfully injured by Santa Barbara police officers during an altercation at the height of the Fiesta celebrations.

Skye McGinnes — the stepson of city councilmember Bendy White who oversees operations at Relais de Paris, owns a slice of Arlington Tavern, and runs SkyeLine Construction — alleges that, as he was trying to kick an unruly patron out of the French eatery on August 3, two SBPD officers tasered him without warning then slammed him into the pavement, breaking his nose, shattering his eye socket, and mangling his ear.”

McGinnis had posted a video of events after the incident on the online version of the story, but the next day, the video was taken down because — as the disclaimer on the article says, “The video that originally accompanied this story, which was provided by McGinnes, was removed after objections from one of his family members.”

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