MARTINEZ -- Saying that a group of Martinez police officers and their superiors had targeted him for harassment, assault and arrest, a Martinez man is seeking more than $25,000 in damages after he was shot with a stun gun during an arrest last year.

Eric Gilson, 36, said in a lawsuit filed Oct. 17 in Contra Costa Superior Court that officers shot him in the back with the stun gun even as he complied with their orders to raise his hands during an incident at a Pacheco gas station in October 2011. He alleges in the suit that Martinez police assaulted him, falsely imprisoned him and conspired to deprive him of his constitutional rights.

Martinez police said in a statement that they were serving a felony arrest warrant related to a domestic violence investigation and that Gilson had refused to comply with an officer's orders. Gilson faces 10 charges, including misdemeanor domestic battery, child neglect, false imprisonment and stalking in violation of a restraining order, according to a spokeswoman for the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office.

Gilson, the former owner of a medical supply company and a rap musician who performs under the name Rico Rossi, said he was going through an acrimonious divorce at the time. He alleges in the suit that a Martinez police captain visited his home and told his neighbors that Gilson was a "dangerous criminal who had tried to kill his wife."

Days before the court filing, Gilson posted a surveillance video to YouTube, showing the stun gun shot and subsequent arrest. Martinez police responded Tuesday with a release saying the video had been "edited" and "cropped" in order to "manipulate the criminal justice process," and released what they called the full version of the video.

In both videos, Gilson can be seen standing with his hands up, with his back to several police officers who shout commands. He backs up toward them, stops, lowers his hands, gets on his knees and again raises his hands.

Once Gilson is on his knees, he appears to turn his head and speak to the officer.

"I turned my head to the left and said, 'My hands are up,'" Gilson said in an interview this week.

His hands then dip slightly, and the officer fires the stun gun, sending him to the ground.

"I didn't know what I was hit with," Gilson said. "I just knew that I was completely immobilized. ... It was the most pain I've felt in my life."

Gilson said after he was placed in custody, officers told him he had not raised his hands high enough to show he was not a threat.

The Martinez police statement said that an officer deployed the Taser after Gilson refused to comply with orders.

Gilson's attorney, Michael Cardoza, disagreed.

"We all have rights," Cardoza said. "We all should be treated within the parameters of the law.

"The video will speak volumes about what actually happened in this case."

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.