$3.5 Million Wrongful Death, Police Shooting Recovery

Won a $3.5 million settlement for the widow and son of an undercover Oakland police officer mistakenly shot and killed by fellow officers, and also won an appeal in that case making it harder for defendants to escape responsibility for their civil rights violations.

Related Documents
  • Wilkins v. City of Oakland, (No. C-01-1402 MMC) (N.D. Cal. 2004). district court order re: damages in civil rights wrongful death case

  • Wilkins v. City of Oakland, 350 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 125 S.Ct. 43 (2004). denying qualified immunity to police officers who mistakenly shot and killed fellow undercover officer
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  • Oakland Pays $3.5 Million To Family Of Former Officer 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.

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  • 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 Vancouver Police Department and B.C.'s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner should never have relied on the opinions of police psychologist Bill Lewinski. "It seems like he was the kind of witness you call in if you want to have the police exonerated," Boyd said. ... "When someone hires Bill Lewinski, they're not hiring an impartial expert," Michael Haddad told CBC News. Haddad is president of the The National Police Accountability project, an organization of civil rights lawyers in the U.S. In 2006, Haddad represented the family of an undercover cop who was shot by two rookie officers....