Bobby Wingate was walking to an appointment along Oliver Street in the neighborhood of Arlington when a JSO Police Officer pulled up and asked him to stop.
Wingate explained that he was running late, prompting the officer to cite him for "walking on the wrong side of the road."
Court papers show that the officer then punched Wingate in the face and "engaged his Taser."
Fearing for his safety, Wingate phoned 911 for help, and explained his situation to the dispatcher.
Bonderud believes Wingate was a victim of racial discrimination, and his claim is buttressed by the fact that, during Wingate's trial, the officer said he "wasn't sure what side of the road Wingate was on."
The police did not launch an internal investigation into the officer's conduct and he remains on the job.
In addition to money, Wingate is also seeking an apology from the department.
However, he insists that his beef isn't with the officer who arrested him. "If I ever see him again, and he needs my help for something, I'll help him," Wingate said.