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Man Awarded $75,000 in Excessive Force and False Arrest Case

In 2009, a man was waiting in the San Bernardino Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on two felony convictions. He had an exchange with the officer defendants in the hallway, where they proceeded to take him into a stairwell and evaluate him for a 5150 (psychiatric hold). They claimed he was a danger to himself, and as the plaintiff was leaving, the officers jumped on him, cuffed him and transported him to a nearby hospital. Plaintiff’s attorney Peter Goldstein claimed that there was no probable cause for 5150, and the plaintiff was awarded $75,000 in general damages.