Excessive Force: News and Publications

$645,000 settlement in Occupy Oakland excessive force case

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.

Alameda County pays $1 million to young son of inmate killed by excessive force

"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."

$50k Settlement Reached in Missouri Case For Dog Killed By Police Officer

Cammie, the 18-month-old American Bulldog, was shot and killed in March of 2010.  Plaintiff filed suit in St. Louis federal court in January, 2012.  Plaintiff argued that the police officer's job was to capture the animal rather than kill it, and that the city of LaGrange, where the shooting took place, was negligent in failing to train the officer in how to safely capture animals.  The case settled about a month before it was set for trial.

Rochester District Court Returns $120k verdict against Southport Corrections Officers

Plaintiff, represented by NPAP member law firm Sivin & Miller, accused the officers of beating him while he was handcuffed at Southport Correctional Facility in 2008.  5 of the 6 accused officers were found to be liable and the jury awarded $65k in compensatory and $55k in punitive damages.  New York State is only required to indemnify the officers for the compensatory damages.

EDNY: 2.5 Million in Excessive Force and False Arrest Case

A jury in the EDNY returned a verdict of 2.5 million on behalf of a plaintiff who suffered considerable and lasting physical and psychological injury from an assault and false arrest by NYPD officers .The jury found one officer liable for excessive force and awarded $250,000 in non-economic damages, $1.5M in economic loss, and $150,000 in punitive damages.The jurors found two other officers liable for false arrest, awarding $300,000 in non-economic compensatory damages, and $150,000 in punitive damages against each of them.

City of Lubbock Texas settles excessive force case for $425, 000

On December 13, Lubbock’s City Council approved a settlement of $425,000 in a case of excessive force by two Lubbock police officers while they arrested three people in 2009. The plaintiffs alleged, among other claims, that officers Clinton Lewis and Jeffrey Steven Simpson beat Robert E. Campbell, deployed a Taser repeatedly and entered his house without permission.

City of Ventura settles Civil Rights Law Suit in Beating Case

On December 11, 2012 the city of Ventura, CA issued a statement that it will pay $285,000 in a settlement with Denny D. Fields, a man who was severely beaten by several Ventura police officers who were searching for a stolen iPad.  Fields had brought a federal civil rights law suit against the officers.  

The plaintiff alleged in his suit that police officers searched his girlfriend’s apartment without a search warrant and that the officers attacked him when he tried to close the door on them; the officers beat him, used a Taser and allowed a police dog to bite him.

Philadelphia Federal Jury Awards $350,000 to Civil Rights Client

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, a jury sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania awarded Darryl Williams $350,000. The jury’s award — which included $200,000 in compensatory damages and $150,000 in punitive damages — was based on its finding that two Philadelphia police officers had falsely arrested and assaulted Mr. Williams on July 3, 2009. As a result of the assault, Mr. Williams suffered significant injuries, including facial fractures and a fractured wrist.