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Jury awards $1.1 million to man bit by police dog while rescuing cat
Robert Salonga, San Jose Mercury News, June 14, 2017
HALF MOON BAY -- A man who was bitten by a police dog while trying to rescue a friend's cat at a construction site two years ago was awarded $1.1 million Tuesday by a federal civil jury, which ruled that San Mateo County Sheriffs deputies used excess... Read More »

Lawsuit says Napa police and county social workers contributed to Kayleigh Slushers death
Maria Sestito, Napa Valley Register, May 6, 2017
While Kayleigh Slushers mother faces a murder charge in criminal court, Kayleighs father is moving forward with a civil lawsuit filed against the City of Napa, County of Napa and several police officers and social workers alleging that their negligen... Read More »

Man beaten by Alameda County deputies settles suit for $5.5 million
David DeBolt, East Bay Times, April 28, 2017
OAKLAND A San Francisco man brutally beaten by Alameda County sheriffs deputies has settled his civil rights lawsuit for $5.5 million, his attorney said Friday. The November 12, 2015 beating of Stanislav Petrov led to the firings of three deputies, ... Read More »

Sheriff's spokesman said, "The sticker price of the settlement is high but if you don't do policy right 100 percent of the time you have to pay for it."
KTVU News, April 28, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. - OAKLAND BCN -- Alameda County has agreed to pay $5.5 million to an accusedcriminal to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that he fled after he was beaten by Alameda Countysheriff's deputies in San Francisco in November 2015, his ... Read More »

Fresno settles police shooting lawsuit for $2.2 million
Pablo Lopez, Fresno Bee, November 22, 2016
The city of Fresno has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the parents of a Fresno man who was fatally shot by police four years ago. With the settlement comes major changes for the Fresno Police Department, ... Read More »

California man beaten by officers alleges police have a 'custom' of taking trophy photos of suspects they pummeled
Christopher Brennan, New York Daily News, August 1, 2016
Lawyers for a California man beaten by police have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the officers have a custom of taking trophy photos of suspects theyve bloodied. Stanislav Petrov was arrested in November after leading the Alameda County Sherif... Read More »

Lawsuit claims officers broke San Jose woman's leg while seeking daughter in school arson
Robert Salonga, San Jose Mercury News, July 29, 2016
SANTA CLARA -- A San Jose woman is suing the Santa Clara Police Department in federal court, claiming officers broke her leg after storming her home without a warrant while looking for her daughter, a suspect in an arson at Santa Clara High School ea... Read More »

Black Man Riddled With Bullets for a Toy Gun
Helen Christophi, Courthouse News Service, July 26, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO CN Oakland police say a black man "brandished a firearm" before they riddled him with bullets, but his daughter says in a lawsuit that Richard Perkins was merely tossing away a toy pistol to get rid of it when police killed him without... Read More »

City of Chico settles excessive force lawsuit stemming from 2013 house party
Andre Byik, Chico Enterprise-Record, June 16, 2016
SACRAMENTO - The city of Chico has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a Danville man that claimed excessive force and false arrest by Chico police. Arash Akbarieh, 24, filed the civil rights lawsuit against the city in 2013 in the U.S. Dis... Read More »

California's Million Dollar Settlements 2015
The Recorder, June 1, 2016
Haddad & Sherwin LLP is recognized for achieving the largest settlement in a California civil rights case in 2015.... Read More »

Santa Clara settles civil rights lawsuit with border protection officer for $500,000
Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2016
A bungled search for a $300 dashboard camera has cost the city of Santa Clara nearly $500,000 to settle a claim for ethnic profiling, city officials said Thursday. The city earlier this week agreed to pay $350,000 and an additional $149,000 in legal ... Read More »

Santa Clara to pay $499,000 after trashing home of Muslim federal agent
Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, April 27, 2016
The city of Santa Clara agreed to pay a Pakistani American homeland security agent and his parents $499,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed police illegally searched and trashed their home and made an unlawful arrest, actions motivated in pa... Read More »

Deputies revised reports in SF beating prompt lawyer's questions
Vivian Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, March 31, 2016
New allegations in the case involving two Alameda County sheriffs deputies filmed beating a defenseless man in a San Francisco alley are prompting questions about why the deputies were allowed to alter their original reports on the incident after the... Read More »

Haddad & Sherwin representing victim of police beating in Alameda County- homeless witnesses say they were bribed by police to keep quiet
KTVU, March 29, 2016
ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. KTVU - Explosive new allegations have surfaced against the Alameda County Sheriff's deputies involved in the brutal beating of a car thief suspect that was caught on video. KTVU has learned that the attorney for Stanislav Petr... Read More »

SF homeless pair say deputies offered hush goodies after beating
Vivian Ho and Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2016
A San Francisco homeless couple said they watched Alameda County sheriffs deputies who had chased an auto theft suspect into the city severely beat the defenseless man with batons in an alley, and were then given the wounded mans cash and jewelry a... Read More »

Palo Alto Claim filed in fatal officer-involved shooting of mentally ill man
Jason Green, San Jose Mercury News, March 22, 2016
PALO ALTO -- The mother of a mentally ill man fatally shot in a Christmas night confrontation with police has filed a claim for damages against the city, alleging officers did not follow state-mandated training and standards for de-escalating such si... Read More »

Court case hinges on claim of illegal CHP ticket quotas
Denny Walsh, Sacramento Bee, June 16, 2015
For years, the California Highway Patrol has consistently denied that its officers are subject to a quota for the number of traffic tickets they write each month. The practice is illegal under state law, and agencies that have been found to use a quo... Read More »

Vacaville to pay $1.3M for deadly 2013 police shooting
Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic, May 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD The city of Vacaville will pay out $1.3 million to the family of a man shot and killed by Vacaville police in 2013. The payment will bring to a close a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year in federal court in Sacramento involving the kil... Read More »

Vacaville to pay $1.3 million in 2013 officer-involved shooting of mentally ill man
Ryan Chalk, Vacaville Reporter, May 4, 2015
The family of a mentally ill man shot and killed by Vacaville police in 2013 have reached a $1.3 million settlement with the city of Vacaville, attorneys announced Friday. The settlement comes in connection with the officer-involved shooting of 24-ye... Read More »

Suit Santa Clara cops mistreated Muslim customs agent in raid
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2015
Muhammad Moneeb, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, said police, acting on a baseless accusation, were armed with assault rifles and accompanied by dogs when they used a battering ram on March 27, 2014, to break down the door of the home on ... Read More »

Settlement Order - Jail Medical Care
United States District Court, Northern District of California, February 27, 2015
This is the Stipulation and Order of Settlement requiring Corizon to staff ALL California jails with RN's instead of uncredentialed LVN's, and for Alameda County to train its deputies on drug and alcohol withdrawal and other medical emergencies. Alo... Read More »

'We got put in a very difficult spot,' Sheriff Ahern said, because the county faced the risk of an 'exorbitant' judgment if it did not settle.
Yahoo News, February 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - One of the largest U.S. for-profit prison healthcare providers has agreed to change how it staffs California jails, part of a settlement announced on Tuesday that ends a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. Corizon Heal... Read More »

Prison Health Provider Agrees to Changes in California
Reuters, New York Times, February 10, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO - One of the largest U.S. for-profit prison healthcare providershas agreed to change how it staffs California jails, part of a settlement announced onTuesday that ends a wrongful death lawsuit against the company. Corizon Health, a priv... Read More »

Alameda County $8.3 million jail death settlement mandates jail health care reforms
Malaika Fraley, Oakland Tribune, February 10, 2015
OAKLAND -- A record-breaking settlement over the death of an Oakland man who died after being beaten and Tased by Santa Rita Jail deputies requires better health care in Alameda County jails and is projected to set a higher standard of care in jails ... Read More »

Alameda County, Jail Health Care Company Settle Suit Over Inmate Beating Death
Alex Emslie, KQED News, February 10, 2015
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved an $8.3 million settlement today over the 2010 in-custody death of a man at Santa Rita Jail. The settlement also includes statewide changes to health care by Corizon Health Inc., a private company, and... Read More »

$8.3 million settlement in death of Alameda County inmate
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, February 10, 2015
Alameda County and a company that provides health care to jail inmates agreed to pay $8.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by the four adult children of an inmate who died in 2010 after sheriffs deputies stunned him with Tasers during a conf... Read More »

Corizon, Alameda County pay $8.3 million to settle jail death lawsuit
National Union of HealthCare Workers, NUHW, February 10, 2015
Alameda County and Corizon Health, Inc., the for-profit corporation that contracts with the county to provide heathcare services for inmates at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and the Glenn Dyer Detention Center in Oakland, agreed Monday to the largest civ... Read More »

Zap - Should the State Keep Shocking Citizens to Enforce Minor Laws
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, October 15, 2014
... In the civil-rights lawsuit Gary Hesterberg v. United States of America, the electrician sought damages for his treatment at the hands of the National Park Service. In response, the federal government explicitly defended the notion that it is per... Read More »

Judge rules against park ranger who used stun gun on dog walker
Kale Williams, San Francisco Chronicle, October 10, 2014
A federal judge ruled that a National Park Service ranger acted unlawfully with unreasonable force when she used a stun gun on a man who was walking his dogs off-leash after he gave her a false name in unincorporated San Mateo County in 2012.The inci... Read More »

Judge rules against ranger for tasing Montara man
Mark Noack, Half Moon Bay Review, October 10, 2014
A National Park Service ranger overstepped her authority when she subdued a Montara man with a stun gun during an encounter over his unleashed dog, according to a federal court ruling published on Thursday. ... Montara resident Gary Hesterberg was aw... Read More »

Judge rules park ranger was wrong to use stun gun on dog walker
Hector Beccera, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2014
More than two years ago, a Northern California man gave National Park Service ranger Sarah Cavallaro an attitude and was generally uncooperative as they discussed his off-leash dogs. As Gary Hesterberg turned to leave, Cavallaro pulled the trigger on... Read More »

Hesterberg v. United States
United States Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, United States District Court, October 9, 2014
Order and Opinion in favor of Plaintiff Gary Hesterberg... Read More »

Leash-Law Violator Takes Aim at Taser Policy
Maria Dinzeo, Courthouse News Service, August 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO CN - Rules governing police Taser use do not gel with 9th Circuit requirements, a lawyer said Wednesday in the battery case by a man whose ordeal stemmed from a run in the park with his dogs. Gary Hesterberg is suing the United States ... Read More »

Expert in deadly force training criticized for record on police shootings
Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal, July 31, 2014
More than 90 officers from law enforcement departments in 13 states are in Madison this week for training in high-stress situations such as officer-involved shootings. The Dane County Sheriffs Office and others pushed for the Minnesota-based Force Sc... Read More »

What Kind of Gun Conflicting Stories Emerge in Vallejo Police Shooting
Alex Emslie, KQED News, July 26, 2014
Official documents trickling into public view present conflicting versions of the fatal Vallejo police shooting in 2012 that left 29-year-old Jeremiah Moore dead. The Solano County District Attorneys Office completed its review of the shooting earlie... Read More »

Solano DA Concludes Controversial Vallejo Officer-Involved Shooting was Justified
Alex Emslie, KQED News, July 21, 2014
The Solano County district attorney has determined that a Vallejo police officers fatal shooting of Jeremiah Moore was lawful, nearly 21 months after the Oct. 21, 2012, incident. ... Oakland-based civil rights attorney Michael Haddad, who is represen... Read More »

Couple sue after mistaken SWAT raid -- target at large
Julia Reynolds, Monterey Herald, July 16, 2014
SALINAS -- An elderly couple mistakenly detained in a vast SWAT operation last year have filed suit against the city of Salinas, while the reputed violent drug dealer police actually sought has disappeared due to a clerical error, officials said. Om... Read More »

Expert witness in toy-gun case has history of siding with police
Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2014
07-11 1715 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Called on to investigate the fatal shooting of atoy-gun carrying 13-year-old boy by a sheriff's deputy, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch chose a consultant she described as "an independent, outside expert o... Read More »

Privacy, accuracy concerns as license-plate readers expand
Ali Winston, Center for Investigative Reporting, San Francisco Chronicle, June 17, 2014
Denise Green had just dropped off her sister at the 24th Street Mission BART Station when a San Francisco police car with its lights on pulled up behindher and officers yelled, "Put your hands up" Sgt. Ja Han Kim ordered her to step out of the car, a... Read More »

Oakland civil rights firm forged in Detroit
Hamed Aleaziz, Daily Journal, June 13, 2014
A profile of Haddad & Sherwin, published in the Daily Journal, June 13, 2014.... Read More »

Press Release on Civil Rights Lawsuit against Shasta County, its SWAT Team, Sutter County, and Sutter County Sheriff Officers
June 2, 2014
Civil rights law firm Haddad & Sherwin announced today that they have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Bobby Darrell Johnson, Sharon Kay Johnson, Tanya Sueann Johnson, and Tanya's minor daughter, Angela Johnson. The complaint, filed ... Read More »

Questions Surround Surge in Vallejo Police Shootings
Alex Emslie, KQED News, May 20, 2014
A review of six deadly incidents involving the Vallejo Police Department shows that one member of the 91-person police force - Officer Sean Kenney - appears to have been involved in three of the fatal shootings. Even in the context of an understaffed... Read More »

Appellate court reinstates false arrest lawsuit against San Francisco police
KTVU News , KTVU.com , May 13, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO. A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed against the San Francisco Police Department and a sergeant by a woman who was held at gunpoint by several officers, forced to her knees and handcuffed after her car was mistakenly ... Read More »

Green v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 11-17892, __F.3d__ 9th Cir. 2014
May 12, 2014
This is the official published opinion from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.... Read More »

Suit says Vallejo cops wrongly shot nude man
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, April 29, 2014
04-29 1344 PDT VALLEJO -- Vallejo police wrongfully shot and killed a naked autistic man in front of his house in 2012, according to a federal civilrights lawsuit filed Tuesday by his parents. Jeremiah Moore, 29, was shot on Oct. 21, 2012, after a bi... Read More »

Family of man killed by Vacaville cops sues
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 2014
03-26 1421 PDT VACAVILLE -- The family of man shot and killed by Vacaville police last year filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the city, saying he suffered from mental illness and posed no threat. ... In a lawsuit filed in U.S. Di... Read More »

Lawsuit filed in Vacaville shooting
Vacaville Reporter Staff, TheReporter.com, March 26, 2014
An Oakland civil rights law firm announced on Wednesday that it has filed a federal civil rights andwrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Kendall Walker, who was fatally shot by Vacaville policelast July. According to the law firm, Haddad... Read More »

Man accuses off-duty Concord cop of road rage
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, December 3, 2013
An Oakland man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Concord, saying an offduty police officer deliberately rammed him and broke his arm during a road rage incident. Walther Weiland, 64, said Officer Kevin Mansourian cut hi... Read More »

Ex-S.F. cop wins suit against Police Department
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, November 26, 2013
A jury awarded $575,000 on Tuesday to a former San Francisco police officer who had sued the city, saying two colleagues wrongfully arrested him as he jogged in Golden Gate Park, causing him to be fired. Bret Cornell, 30, said he was jogging on a par... Read More »

Excessive force complaint filed against Chico Police Department
Ashley Gebb, Chico Enterprise-Record, September 4, 2013
CHICO -- A Danville man is suing the city of Chico in federal court with claims of unreasonable arrest and excessive force by Chico police. The Oakland law firm Haddad & Sherwin, which specializes in civil rights cases, filed the complaint Friday in ... Read More »

County Pays $2.6 Million to Survivors of Man Killed by SWAT Team
Sara Rubin, Monterey County Weekly, August 22, 2013
Two-and-a-half years after a SWAT team raid gone awry left a 31-year-old Greenfield man dead and his home a charred wreck, the county has agreed to pay $2.6 million to the survivors of Rogelio Serrato. ... Serrato died of smoke inhalation after his h... Read More »

County to pay out $2.6 million in Greenfield man's wrongful death suit
Allison Gatlin, The Californian, August 20, 2013
Monterey County will pay out nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a 31-year-old Greenfield man killed two years ago during a SWAT raid on his house. The beneficiaries of the $2.6 million suit are the 4- and 5-year-old s... Read More »

Oakland mayor calls for increased police training, civilian oversight to reduce shootings
Thomas Peele, Oakland Tribune, May 3, 2013
OAKLAND -- Renewing her call for increased oversight of the police, Mayor Jean Quan on Thursday said better training, an updated computer system and a civilian watchdog similar to San Jose's would help Oakland address a troubling number of officer-in... Read More »

San Mateo County man who park ranger shot with Taser files civil rights lawsuit
Joshua Melvin, San Jose Mercury News, March 21, 2013
OAKLAND - A San Mateo County man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday against the National Park Service ranger who shot him with a Taser during a confrontation sparked last year by his off leash dog. Gary Hesterberg, 51, alleges Ranger Sar... Read More »

$160K for stun gunning at mental center
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2012
Alameda County has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by an 18 year old developmentally disabled woman who accused sheriff's deputies of using excessive force when they tackled her and shocked her with a stun gun at... Read More »

Oakland to pay $4.6 million in strip search cases
Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune, November 14, 2012
OAKLAND -- Council members voted Tuesday to pay $4.6 million in damages to 39plaintiffs who accused Oakland police of illegally strip-searching them in public between 2002 and 2009. "It's been a very long time for many of our guys for this acknowledg... Read More »

Reliance on expert in B.C. police shooting under scrutiny
Curt Petrovich, CBC News, August 29, 2012
The father of a man shot by Vancouver police while he crawled on his hands and knees is asking investigators re-examining the case to question the use of an expert who cleared the officer involved in the shooting. David Boyd says he believes the Vanc... Read More »

Rep. Speier rips Park Service in Taser case
Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle, August 28, 2012
Gary Hesterberg was zapped with a park ranger's Taser on Jan. 29, 2012, while walking his dogs along a trail at Rancho Corral de Tierra near Montara in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. ... Rep. Jackie Speier ripped the National Park Service ... Read More »

Siskiyou County pays to settle 2009 wrongful death suit
Skye Kincaid, MtShastaNews.com, June 6, 2012
The family of a 29 year old man who committed suicide while an inmate at Siskiyou County Jail in 2009 will receive $1.6 million in a court settlement that should be finalized this week. Siskiyou County paid $1.2 million and the state paid $400,000 to... Read More »

Tulare County settles jail suicide lawsuit Mario Lopez's family to receive $1M
VISALIA, CA, Visalia Times-Delta, June 1, 2012
Tulare County has settled for $1 million a lawsuit filed by the family of an Ivanhoe man who died in 2010 after hanging himself inside a county jail cell.In exchange for the money, the family of Mario Antonio Lopez has agreed to drop a federal civil ... Read More »

Richmond to pay $1.5M in suit over police killing
Will Kane, Chronicle Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 2011
The city of Richmond has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the family of a mentally ill man killed in a struggle with police in 2008, officials said Wednesday. ... "This was one of the most brutal police beat-downs I've ever seen," said an attorney for D... Read More »

Public strip search costs ex-Oakland Cop $40K
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2011
A former Oakland police officer must pay $40,000 out of his own pocket to two men who were illegally strip-searched in public and have already been awarded at least $100,000 apiece in damages. Spencer Troy Lucas and Kirby Bradshaw had their pants pul... Read More »

Disabled woman's lawsuit alleges excessive force
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2011
An 18-year-old developmentally disabled woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Friday against the Alameda County sheriff's office, saying deputies used excessive force when they tackled her and shocked her with a stun gun at aCastro Valley mental... Read More »

Men stripped by Oakland cops in public win lawsuit Judge to Assess Punitive Damages Soon
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, August 5, 2011
OAKLAND -- Two men were illegally stripsearched by Oakland police in public and will each receive at least $100,000 in damages, a federal judge ruled Thursday. ... Both men testified "to their humiliation and feelings of degradation as a result of th... Read More »

Judge orders damages in Oakland police strip search
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune, August 5, 2011
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Oakland police unlawfully strip-searched two men and ordered that the city pay them more than $200,000. ... In 2008, Patel struck down two policies related to strip-searches as unconstitutional. On Thursday, she... Read More »

Sheriff's Office sued over fatal raid
Larry Parsons, Monterey Herald Tribune, July 27, 2011
The death of a Greenfield man in a house fire started by a sheriff's SWAT team during a January raid has led to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Monterey County Sheriff's Office by the man's family. ... The suit asks for court orders ... Read More »

Lawsuit filed in fatal Greenfield raid
Sunita Vijayan, The Californian.com, July 26, 2011
A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges the Monterey County Sheriff's Office wrongfully used a flash-bang grenade to "scare" a Greenfield man during a raid this year that ultimately caused his death. Oakland-based civil rights law firm Haddad... Read More »

Jurors award diabetic bodybuilder $217K in civil case involving Redwood City police
Jesse Dungan, San Jose Mercury News, June 17, 2011
Redwood City police violated a diabetic bodybuilder's civil rights in a confrontation at a downtown movie theater four years ago, a federal jury decided Thursday afternoon. After three days of deliberations, jurors determinedthat Officer Jaime Mateo,... Read More »

Diabetic bodybuilders' Suit Against Redwood City Cops for Using "Excessive Force" Heads to Court
Bonnie Eslinger, San Jose Mercury News, May 4, 2011
A diabetic bodybuilder's excessive force lawsuit against Redwood City and its police department stemming from a downtown confrontation is heading for trial later this month, after the city council decided Monday not to settle the case. ... "The offic... Read More »

Oakland, 49ers fan settle suit over broken arm
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 16, 2011
The city of Oakland agreed Tuesday to pay $412,500 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a San Francisco 49ers fan who said an Oakland police officer broke his arm during an Oakland Raiders game. ... "It's very troubling that a young man ... Read More »

Officers break fan's arm, Oakland Pays
Cecily Burt, Oakland Tribune, March 16, 2011
OAKLAND -- The city has agreed to pay $412,500 to a man whose arm was broken by an Oakland police officer during a Raiders game in August 2008. Raymond Castillo filed the federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police... Read More »

Ex-cop says he was wrongfully arrested in suit
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2011
A former San Francisco police officer is suing the city in federal court, saying two fellow officers wrongfully arrested him as he was jogging in Golden Gate Park, causing him to be fired from the department. ... "This goes to show that cowboy tactic... Read More »

Family sues over Greenfield Flash Bang Fatality
Julia Reynolds, Monterey Herald Tribune, January 19, 2011
An Oakland law firm filed claims Tuesday against the city and county of Monterey on behalf of the children of Rogelio Serrato, a Greenfield man killedJan. 5 during the execution of a search warrant. ... The law firm filing the claims, Haddad & Sherwi... Read More »

Salinas settles for $2.1M in police shooting
Kimber Solana, The Californian.com, October 20, 2010
The lawyer for the family of a woman fatally shot by a Salinas police officer in 2008 responded this morning to the $2.1 million settmement reached with the city of Salinas.... Read More »

Demonstrators protest Oakland gang injunction
Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune, October 14, 2010
About 50 people protested Thursday outside the Alameda County AdministrationBuilding, arguing that the city's anti-gang injunction efforts targeting the North Oakland and Fruitvale neighborhoods are a violation of thecommunities' civil rights. "M... Read More »

Letter from the President of the National Police Accountability Project
(New Orleans, LA), September 23, 2010
On September 23, 2010, Michael J. Haddad was elected President of the National Police Accountability Project NPAP at their annual Board Meeting held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.... Read More »

Strip-Search Suits Get Day in Court
Dan Levine, The Recorder, March 10, 2010
After all the pretrial publicity and years of motion practice, the value of 44 strip-search suits against the Oakland Police Department may come down to the credibility of a part-time city pool cleaner.... Read More »

$1.5 million settlement OK'd in officer-involved death
Kelly Rayburn, Oakland Tribune, September 23, 2009
The City Council on Tuesday night approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of a 20-year-old man shot and killed by police two years ago. Gary King Jr. was fatally shot by police Sgt. Pat Gonzales during an altercation Sept. 20, 2007. The c... Read More »

San Jose to pay $360,000 to settle suit alleging cops beat mentally ill man
John Woolfolk, San Jose Mercury News, March 26, 2009
San Jose officials have agreed to pay $360,000 to settle a federal lawsuit by a mentally ill man who claimed police severely beat him in 2006 when they found him acting erratically near the airport.... Read More »

Mr. Universe Sues Redwood City Over Arrest During Insulin Shock
John Cote, San Francisco Chronicle, June 20, 2008
A diabetic body builder who scuffled with police outside a Redwood City movie theater while slipping into insulin shock has sued the city, the Police Department and individual officers in federal court, saying police used excessive force in violation... Read More »

Shooting Was Unlawful, Lawsuit Against City Alleges
Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune, May 9, 2008
The family of 20-year-old Gary King Jr., who was killed by a police officer last year, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, saying the use of deadly force against him wasunjustified and unlawful. No amount has been specified in the l... Read More »

Oakland Strip-Search Law Ruled Unconstitutional
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2008
The Oakland Police Department's strip-search policy is unconstitutional because it provides too low a threshold for officers seeking to check for contraband on suspects in public places, a federal judge said in a ruling made public Friday.... Read More »

Federal Lawsuit Against Oakland Over Public Strip Searches
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2007
Six men have filed a $5 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Oakland, saying police officers conducted invasive and illegal strip searches of them in public. "Every police officer knows that to go into your home, they have to have... Read More »

Oakland Faces Lawsuit Over Police Strip-Searches
Heather MacDonald, Oakland Tribune, March 30, 2007
OAKLAND - Seven residents sued the city of Oakland Wednesday, claiming police officers improperly strip searched them on city streets, humiliated them and violated their civil rights. The federal suit, which asks for $5 million and an end to the prac... Read More »

Suit Alleges Police Did Strip Searches in Public
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2007
In the latest of several suits over strip searches, seven men have filed a $5 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Oakland, saying officers conducted invasive and illegal strip searches of them in public.... Read More »

Settlement Near in Suit-Drug Agent Shot Wrong Man
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 2006
The state of California is poised to pay $995,000 to settle a federal civil-rights lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was shot and killed in San Jose by a state narcotics agent in a case of mistaken identity, attorneys in the case said Wednesda... Read More »

Oakland Pays $3.5 Million To Family Of Former Officer
CBS5.com, CBS5.com, June 29, 2006
BCN OAKLAND The City of Oakland agreed Wednesday to pay $3.5 million in damages to the family of a former officer who was shot and killed by two other officers, according to a lawyer for the family.... Read More »

Injured Protester to Get $210,000
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, December 23, 2005
The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who was injured when police fired a bag of lead shot at her head during a 2003 anti-war demonstration. ... Read More »

9-Year-Old Suffers Massive Heart Attack after Physicians fail to Diagnose
Thomson West, Trials Digest, December 19, 2005
Obtained a $4.35 million settlement for a 9-year-old boy who suffered a massive heart attack as a result of medical malpractice.... Read More »

Unwarranted Search by Police Alleged
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, August 9, 2005
An Antioch man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against the city of Oakland, saying two officers conducted an invasive search of him for no reason. ... Read More »

Training Faulted in Death by 'Non-Lethal' Weapon
Athena Desai, NPR, June 8, 2005
Boston police recently shot and killed a local college student with a "pepper pellet" gun. The weapon is meant to be a non-lethal means of stopping a suspect. A government probe found the lack of national standards and training for non-lethal weapons... Read More »

Oakland 24 Settle in Suit Over Cop Actions at Protest
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, January 22, 2005
The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $145,000 to settle lawsuits filed by 24 people who accused police of using excessive force at a raucous 2003 anti-war demonstration at the Port of Oakland. ... Read More »

Teen Sues Over Strip Search at Juvenile Hall
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle , November 20, 2004
A 13-year-old girl has sued San Francisco's embattled Juvenile Probation Department, saying she was strip-searched, told to urinate in a cup and asked questions about her sexual history before being released without charges filed. ... Read More »

Black CHP Officer Sues White Cops for Racial Profiling
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2004
A black California Highway Patrol officer says two white police officers held him and his partner at gunpoint as they served a warrant at a video store in Pleasant Hill, according to a civil-rights lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.... Read More »

Oakland's New Crowd Control Policy
Jennifer Hansen, Indymedia, November 12, 2004
On November 5, 2004, the Oakland Police Department agreed to enact a crowd control policy, which will establish, for the first time, a uniform protocol for the OPD to use in handling crowds. The policy will apply equally to protests or spontaneous ce... Read More »

Oakland Agreement Reached on Crowd-Control Tactics
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle , November 6, 2004
Oakland police will no longer indiscriminately use wooden or rubber bullets, Taser stun guns, pepper spray and motorcycles to break up crowds, under an agreement announced Friday. ... Read More »

Oakland To Pay $15K Excessive Force Settlement To Bank Robber
KTVU, KTVU, October 6, 2004
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland City Council has voted to pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a bank robber who was shot by police and kicked in the groin after leading police on a high speed chase, slamming his car into a police car and allegedl... Read More »

The BUMP Squad
A.C. Thompson, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 9, 2003
Lawsuits generated by the already infamous police crackdown at the Port of Oakland are starting to flood the courts. So far, at least 46 people have sued the Oakland Police Department, accusing Oakland riot cops of quashing the April 7 antiwar protes... Read More »

The Ex's Hit Man Strikes Again
A.C. Thompson, San Francisco Bay Guardian, February 5, 2003
San Francisco Examiner columnist Frank Gallagher gets paid to pummel lefties, so his recent screeds regarding activist and campaign consultant Robert Haaland aren't exactly surprising. ... Read More »

Teacher Awarded $1 Million
Laura Kiritsy, Bay Windows, September 12, 2002
In a decision sure to serve as a warning to school districts everywhere, a California high school teacher who was disciplined for discussing homophobia and racism with his Honors English class was awarded more than $1 million after reaching a settlem... Read More »

School Gag Order Ruled Unconstitutional
Jason Bono, The Daily Review, August 9, 2002
A court has ruled unconstitutional a requirement that teachers in the San Leandro school district seek permission to discuss controversial topics outside the curriculum with students. ... Read More »

San Francisco to Reform Citizen's Arrest Procedure
Pamela A. MacLean, Daily Journal, June 21, 2002
San Francisco has agreed to reform its citizen's arrest procedures and pay $151,424 to end a long-running civil rights suit by a group of homeless advocates who were arrested in 1999 after squatting in an old two-flat building. ... Read More »

Mother Awarded $850,000 in Son's Death
Darryl Richardson/Reporter Staff , The Reporter, July 12, 2001
A federal jury in Sacramento awarded nearly $850,000 in damages Tuesday to the family of a Vacaville man shot by local police officers following a traffic accident in 1997. ... Read More »

Homeless Man's Murder by Cop $340,000 Settlement
Clay Thompson, San Francisco Bay Guardian , March 7, 2001
It was a mundane assignment that sent veteran Alameda city cop Sean Lynch trudging through a weedy, long-abandoned railroad yard. Someone had set fire to railroad ties lying around the lot two days before. Now, a couple hours into a slow graveyard sh... Read More »

Police Sued Over Arrest Disabled Vet
Henry K. Lee, San Francisco Chronicle , April 26, 2000
A disabled Vietnam War veteran who once worked as a sheriff's deputy in Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit against Livermore police yesterday, accusing officers of injuring his back during an arrest despite his warning that he could not physically com... Read More »

Sugar Law Center Wins Injunction Prohibiting State of Michigan from Issuing New Permits Pending
The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Guild Law Center, June 1, 1997
Reform of Environmental Protection SystemOn May 29, 1997, state court judge Archie Hayman enjoined the State of Michigan from issuing any permits for major pollution sources until the State reforms its permit review process. ... Read More »

Judge Blocks Yard-Sign Limits
Bobby C. Calvan & Angela Moore, Detroit Press , August 7, 1996
A federal judge struck down a Warren ordinance regulating election placards and other yard signs, ruling Wednesday that the law unduly restricted home owner rights to political speech. ... Read More »

Detroit Police, Channel 7 Face Charges in Club Raid
Norman Sinclair, The Detroit Sunday Journal, March 17, 1996
Detroit Police and Channel 7 News are accused of illegally raiding an arts center last spring, falsely arresting the owner and ticketing without cause 200 people.... Read More »

$461,000 Awarded in Brutality Lawsuit
Andy Halldorson, Monroe Evening News, November 30, 1994
Monroe County will have to pay damages after a jury ruled this morning in favor of a Fenchtown Township woman.... Read More »

Allegations of Brutality Rock Monroe
Said Deep, The Detroit News and Press, March 28, 1993
Federal, state and local authorities are investigating allegations of brutality by Monroe County sheriff's deputies, which have cost the county nearly $1 million in out-of-court-settlements. ... Read More »

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