A Martinez man has filed a claim against that city saying officers used a stun gun on him unnecessarily during an arrest last year.

Eric Gilson, 36, a hip-hop artist who also goes by the name Rico Rossi, said a Martinez officer shot him with a Taser while Gilson had his hands raised during a confrontation at a Pacheco gas station in October 2011.

A YouTube video Gilson posted of the incident at the Valero Station on Center Boulevard appears to show Gilson lowering his hands with his back to the officer when the stun gun is fired.

In a news release Tuesday, Martinez police Chief Gary Peterson said Gilson's version of the tape was "edited" and "cropped" and that he was trying to "manipulate the criminal justice process" by releasing the video to the media. Police on Tuesday released what they called the full version of the videotape "in the interest of transparency."

Police said Gilson was wanted on a felony arrest warrant and that he refused to comply with officers' demands when he was Tasered. Authorities declined to comment further, saying both a criminal case against Gilson and the claim against the city are pending; the claim against the city is a precursor to a lawsuit.

In an interview, Gilson said that the police commands weren't organized and referred other questions to his attorney, Michael Cardoza. Attempts to reach Cardoza late Tuesday night were unsuccessful.

Rick Hurd covers breaking news. Contact him at 925-945-4780 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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