$412,500 Settlement for Plumber after Cop Broke His Arm

Negotiated at settlement two days before trial for a plumber whose arm was broken by an overly aggressive cop at a Raiders game. The plumber, a 49ers fan, was singled out and injured by the Oakland officer after a fight broke out between rival fans at the Oakland Coliseum. The plumber had done nothing wrong, and this injury caused him to lose a year of work. The total settlement was for $412,500.


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  • Oakland, 49ers fan settle suit over broken arm 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 who goes to watch a football game ends up with a severe elbow injury that causes him to lose a year of work," said Castillo's attorney, Michael Haddad. He said his client works as a plumber.
  • Officers break fan's arm, Oakland Pays 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 Department in October 2009. In his suit, Castillo argued that Officer Bryant Ocampo and possibly others used excessive force that caused his arm to break at the elbow. ... Haddad said the injuries sustained by his client could only have been caused exactly the way he said it happened. "That's why (the city) paid, there was no way to justify that severe use of force," Haddad said. "There was a lot of rowdiness at that game, but he was taking it easy because he had to work the next day." Haddad also said it was unfortunate that the city waited to settle until two business days before the trial was scheduled to start because it caused both sides' legal bills to skyrocket. ... The hefty settlement comes on the heels of a $300,000 payout last month....

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