Settlements for Numerous Victims of Police 'Less-Lethal' Force

Won substantial monetary settlements for numerous victims of the Oakland Police Department's use of "less lethal" munitions and intentional police motorcycle collisions against peace demonstrators and journalists at the Port of Oakland on April 7, 2003, including $210,000 for one woman shot in the jaw by a lead shot-filled bean bag.

Related Documents
  • Coles v. City of Oakland, (No. C-03-2961 TEH) (N.D. Cal. 2005). district court order re: crowd control and "less-lethal" force
Related News
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 celebrations.
  • 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.
  • 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 protest with unnecessary and unreasonable force.

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