PRESS RELEASE: Haddad & Sherwin File Civil Rights Lawsuit for Stanislav Petrov, Victim of Brutal, Videotaped Beating by Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies

08/05/2016 - OAKLAND, CA (August 1, 2016) — Civil rights law firm Haddad & Sherwin LLP announced today that they have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit for Stanislav Petrov stemming from his widely-reported beating by Alameda County deputies on November 12, 2015.  The incident started with a vehicle pursuit across the Bay Bridge and ended in a San Francisco alley, where little did deputies know, their apprehension of Petrov was being video-recorded.  The incident went viral after surveillance camera footage was posted to YouTube. See, The lawsuit names as Defendants: ALAMEDA COUNTY, SHERIFF GREGORY J. AHERN, and ACSO DEPUTIES PAUL WIEBER, LUIS SANTAMARIA, SHAWN OSBORNE, MALIZIA, MILLER, SHELTON, GRIFFITH, and SERGEANT TAYLOR who were all present and participated in this illegal infliction of “Street Justice” either direc... Keep Reading


Race Is Not the Answer

01/03/2015 - The front page of this past Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle (December 28, 2014) bore the headline, "Civil Rights Leaders Seek More Black Prosecutors."  The premise of the article is that if more prosecutors were Black, more police officers who illegally kill people would be prosecuted.  While increasing the racial diversity of our nation's prosecuting attorneys' offices is a very important goal, it is not the answer to the problem of our nation's failure to prosecute police officers who break the law.  Our nation's and our state's highest prosecuting attorneys -- United States Attorney General Eric Holder and California Attorney General Kamala Harris -- are both African-American.  We have not seen any increase in the number of police officers who are prosecuted for criminal misconduct under either of those Attorneys General.  As a practical matter, prosecutors w... Keep Reading


PRESS RELEASE: Haddad & Sherwin File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Vacaville Police Department Over Death of Kendall Walker

03/26/2014 - SACRAMENTO, CA (March 26, 2014) — Civil rights law firm Haddad & Sherwin announced today that it has filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Kendall Walker’s parents and young son. On July 18, 2013, officers from the Vacaville Police Department fired multiple shots killing Kendall Walker, a twenty-four-year-old, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed man, as he got out of his car near the intersection of Ulatis Drive and Nut Tree Road in Vacaville, CA. Officers did not know whether Mr. Walker had committed any crime; he had previously acted erratically, repeatedly knocking on the door of his longtime friend, whose sister informed their mother, a police dispatcher. Walker had led police on a low-speed car chase in his Geo Metro which never exceeded any speed limit. One of the patrol cars rammed Walker’s car using the tactical “PIT&... Keep Reading


Another 'Friendly Fire' Tragedy

01/22/2014 - "Nobody can dispute the fact that the law is established that you can't go blowing [away] a police officer making an arrest." That's what our federal court judge said when she denied the defense of qualified immunity to the rookie officers who shot and killed our client, Oakland Police Officer William Wilkins, in 2001.  Officer Wilkins was a veteran undercover officer arresting a suspect using standard police tactics when poorly trained rookie officers recklessly assumed he was a bad guy.  Sadly, Officer Wilkins' death was preventable, as I think we are likely to find with BART Police Sergeant Tom Smith, shot and killed by a fellow officer yesterday.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that BART Sgt. Smith was shot by a fellow officer after they broke into an empty apartment to search for evidence of thefts.  The suspect had already been arrested.  "It was eith... Keep Reading


Police Misconduct Statistics vs. Officer Safety

01/09/2014 - Police officers undoubtedly have a dangerous job.  We have represented several officers who were injured or killed in the course of their job.  How dangerous is it?  Based on the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes lists the top ten most dangerous jobs in America: 1. Logging workers 2. Fishers and related fishing workers 3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers 4. Roofers 5. Structural iron and steel workers 6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors 7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers 8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers 9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 10. Construction laborers Forbes does not even have the job of law enforcement officer in the top ten most dangerous.  AOL Business Insider has a different list, placing the job of law enforcement officer at tenth most dangerous, ... Keep Reading

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