In September 2016, a $3 million verdict was awarded to a former Columbus, Ohio prisoner following the state's failure to file an answer to his lawsuit for a period of five years.
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In August 2016, the city of Arvin, California agreed to settle for $187,000 in a case brought by a woman who was beaten by a police officer during a 2013 traffic stop for a broken tail light. Because the plaintiff did not in fact have a broken tail light, she refused to sign the officer's ticket and asked for a supervisor. The defendant officer ultimately grabbed her by the neck and slammed her against the hood of his car, causing back injuries.
On August 2, 2016, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted uaninmously to approve a settlement in the amount of $2.3 million for the family of Bernard Victorianne, who died in San Diego's central jail in 2012.
NPAP member attorneys Julia Yoo and Eugene Iredale represented Victorianne, alleging that his death resulted from "a systemic failure to investigate incidents of misconduct and deaths in the jail.”
In August 2016, Fulton County, Georgia agreed to pay $2 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of DeAnthony Cunningham, who was 16 years old in 2011 when a police officer shot him in the back of the head while he was on his knees with his hands in the air.
Cpl. Benjamin W. Griggs, the officer who shot Cunningham, is still a police officer in Fulton County. Cunningham, meanwhile, has undergone 18 surgeries, relearned to walk and to speak, and amassed over $1 million in medical bills.
In July 2016, the city of Eugene, Oregon agreed to pay $115,000 in a pre-litigation settlement to Arik Bumpas, who was assaulted by a city police officer at the Lane County Jail. The officer in question, John Sharlow, was already found guilty of misdemeanor assault and official misconduct in connection with the 2014 incident, which was filmed by a surveillance camera in the jail.
In early July 2016, a federal jury ordered Lincoln County, Missouri to pay $2.25 million to four women sexually abused by a drug court lieutenant. The jury agreed that the county failed to supervise and discipline lieutenant Scott Edwards, allowing him to repeatedly perpetrate his abuse of the women with impunity.
On May 23, 2016, the family of Bruce Turner, a 23 year old prisoner in the Texas's Jasper County Jail, reached a "six figure" settlement with the county after he was severely burned on his face and back at the jail and subsequently refused medical treatment. Following an investigation by the Texas Commision on Jail Standards the jail was cited for not following an approved health services plan and for not following the approved assault-and-disturbance plan.
On April 21, 2016, New York City agreed to pay $40 million in settlement with five Bronx residents, Devon Ayers, Michael Cosme, Carlos Perez, Eric Glisson, and Cathy Watkins who were convicted in various capacities in connection with the 1995 murders of livery cab driver Baithe Diop and Federal Express employee Denise Raymond following misconduct on the part of the investigating detectives.
On Tuesday, May 31 2016, a Cuyahoga County, Ohio jury returned a verdict in the amount of $22 million for Arnold Black, who in 2012 was severely beaten by detective Randy Hicks. Hicks had erroneously identified Black's truck as one he had been tipped off would contain a kilogram of cocaine, and when he realized his mistake, he began to punch Black in the face and head. Hicks' partner, patrol officer Jonathan O'Leary, held Black upright during the assault.