Two Native Americans removed from AT&T Park during a Native American Heritage Night at a Giants game in June are filing a claim of police brutality against The City and are urging the Giants to practice cultural sensitivity.
Kimball Bighorse, 35, of San Bruno, who is of Seneca, Cayuga and Navajo descent, stood outside AT&T Park on Tuesday recounting the incident that occurred inside the ballpark June 23 that led to police detaining him and a fellow Giants fan whom he met that night, April Negrette.
Bighorse said he and Negrette peacefully confronted a man wearing a backwards, plastic Native American-themed headdress. Bighorse described the headdress as “counterfeit” and said it was being worn in an “offensive” manner on a night that was meant to celebrate Native American heritage. Negrette says the man eventually gave the pair the headdress.
Police officers later stopped the pair and ejected them from the ballpark, allegedly throwing Negrette to the floor by her hair and violently twisting her arms behind her back, Bighorse said.
Bighorse said he hopes filing the tort claim will remind police to think twice before stopping people from expressing themselves.
The Giants have placed a message on their website saying, “Any fan wearing culturally insensitive attire, using obscene or abusive language, engaging in antisocial conduct offensive to those around them or displaying any other offensive behavior is subject to removal from the ballpark.”