NPAP member John Burris represented Teresa Sheehan, a mentally disabled woman living in a group home who was shot several times and nearly killed by San Francisco police who went to her room at the request of a welfare worker. When the two officers first entered Ms. Sheehan's room, she threatened them with a knife, and the officers backed out, closed the door, and called for backup. However, before backup arrived, the two officers drew their guns and re-entered the room. When Ms. Sheehan again threatened to kill them with a knife, the officers opened fire, shooting Ms. Sheehan five or six times.
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The defendants in the criminal case were represented by NPAP members Sarah Gelsomino, Molly Armour, Lillian McCartin, Michael Deutsch and Brad Thomson, who characterized the inclusion of the terrorism charge as "political prosecution in every sense of the word." The defendants, who intended to take part in protests against NATO in Chicago, were recorded and monitored by undercover police officers posing as anarchist protesters. Those undercover officers goaded the defendants into assembling molotov cocktails according to the defendants' attorneys, and characterized them as terrorists in order to justify the millions of dollars the government had wasted monitoring activist groups for sig
NPAP member Alphonse Gerhardstein represents the plaintiff, who suffered brain damage after falling and landing on his head when police shocked him with a Taser as he climbed an 8-foot fence. In addition to paying the plaintiff, the settlement agreement requires the township to revise its Taser guidelines to cover when a suspect is in an “elevated position,” such as climbing a fence. The officer must consider the seriousness of the allegation against the suspect and the danger he or she poses to others.
Appearing at a press conference alongside some of the civil rights lawyers that only weeks earlier had been nemeses of the city and its legal department, Mayor DiBlasio announced, “We’re here today to turn the page on one of the most divisive problems in our city. We believe in ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk that has unfairly targeted young African-American and Latino men.” NYPD Commissioner Bratton shared the sentiment, saying "We will not break the law to enforce the law."
NPAP members Humberto Guizar and Dale Galipo represented the plaintiff Dontaze Story Jr. II, a 4 year old boy whose father Dontaze Story Jr. was shot dead by police while the child's mother was three months pregnant.
The plaintiff, Kayvan Sabeghi, was beaten with a baton by an Oakland Police "Tango Team" officer during the police actions that followed the Nov. 2, 2011, General Strike demonstration in support of Occupy Oakland. Sabeghi had been on his way home when he encountered a line of Alameda County Sheriffs blocking his path and verbally questioned the heavy police presence. OPD Officer Frank Uu struck plaintiff nine times, lacerating his spleen. Plaintiff was then arrested and booked into jail, although he was never charged with a crime. In the Alameda County Jail, it was 18 hours before an ambulance was called, by which time plaintiff was going into shock.
"No amount of money can replace the loss of Mr. Harrison's life for his young son, particularly given the closeness of their relationship," said NPAP Board member John Burris, the family's attorney. "Hopefully, this case will have the impact of improving the policies, procedures and conduct of the deputies and medical personnel in the future when presented with a similar situation as Mr. Harrison."
The plaintiff, "C.B." was represented by NPAP members Stoll, Glickman & Bellina LLP. C.B. brought suit after spending three years incarcerated for a "drive-by purse snatching" conviction. The suit was brought under Section 8-b of the Court of Claims Act, the “Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act”, which allows for damages for a claimant who can prove they have served time for a crime they did not commit. C.B. and his counsel were able to prove his innocence by calling the actual purse snatcher to the stand and presenting police documents that flatly contradicted the testimony given by the arresting officers.
The plaintiff, Bret Cornell, was represented by NPAP members Julia Sherwin and Michael Haddad.
The jury awarded the former officer $575,000 after he sued the San Francisco Police Department saying two colleagues wrongfully arrested him as he jogged in Golden Gate Park. Although no charges were filed, Cornell alleged that he was subjected to assault, batter and false imprisonment. He was fired two days after the incident. The verdict was the culmination of a case that took over three years to complete including six weeks of trial.
The plaintiff, Dion Starr, was represented by NPAP members Samuel Paz and Sonia Mercado. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to settle the case, in which Mr. Starr alleged a lack of security and physical abuse, for $722,000.00 .