Tiger attack survivors seek records of S.J. cops who arrested them

(02-13) 17:33 PST SAN JOSE – Attorneys for the two brothers who survived a Christmas Day tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo said today they intend to seek the personnel records of San Jose officers who arrested the men Sept. 7 in a separate incident in which they allegedly scuffled with police.

Kulbir Dhaliwal, 24, and his brother Paul, 19, said nothing during their brief appearance in a San Jose courtroom on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest. Paul Dhaliwal is also charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer.

The brothers were arrested after they allegedly refused to cooperate with officers who reported seeing them chasing two men down the street, according to police reports. Authorities have never located the men.

Paul Dhaliwal is accused of hitting an officer in the chest with his forearm as the officer tried to restrain him, leading to the battery charge. He stopped resisting only when an officer held a stun gun to his neck and threatened to use it, according to a police report.

Kulbir Dhaliwal cursed at officers while kicking the security partition in a squad car, forcing police to pull him out and put him in leg restraints, the police report says.

The attorneys for the brothers told Judge Michele McKay McCoy of Santa Clara County Superior Court that they wanted to search the arresting officers’ personnel files for any information that might help the defense, such as a record of misconduct.

Both defense attorneys declined to comment on their request outside court.

The brothers bore scars on their heads from the attack by a Siberian tiger that escaped its enclosure at the zoo and killed Paul Dhaliwal’s friend Carlos Sousa Jr., 17. They declined to comment as they left court.

Paul Dhaliwal, through his attorney, Cory Fuller, also pleaded not guilty to a marijuana possession count. He was cited Dec. 21 for allegedly having 1.8 grams of marijuana in his pocket while in the parking lot of a Milpitas hotel.

He had been placed on probation three days before that incident after pleading no contest to felony reckless driving and other charges for leading police on a 140-mph chase on April 28, court records show.