A man who claims two Huntington Beach police officers choked and arrested him has filed a lawsuit against the city.
Kevin Anastasi said Officers Keith Smith and John Turner drew their guns on him, choked him until he became unconscious, then falsely arrested him after he called 911 about loose dogs.
Anastasi said in the complaint filed April 14 that he held a metal pole to protect himself from the dogs.
Lt. Russell Reinhart said Anastasi told the dispatcher he had a handgun and was going to handle the situation himself. When police arrived, Anastasi was found intoxicated, agitated and holding a steel pipe, Reinhart said.