$218,000 Jury Verdict for Diabetic Mr. Universe

$218,000 jury verdict for champion bodybuilder, 2006 "Mr. Universe", who was also a Type 1 Diabetic. Police severel beat him while he was suffering from insulin shock. The jury found officers failed to follow their training for handling people having a diabetic emergency, and violated his civil rights.

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  • 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 determined that Officer Jaime Mateo, a 23-year veteran of the Redwood City Police Department, used excessive force and awarded former Mr. Natural Universe Doug Burns about $217,000 in damages. They also said Mateo and a police sergeant, David Gough, acted with some negligence. ... "Doug Burns and the entire diabetic community feel very vindicated by this," Mike Haddad, one of Burns' attorneys, said of the verdict. "This whole thing stemmed from the police officers' failure to do the proper assessment in this situation where Doug Burns was merely having a diabetic emergency and was no criminal."

  • 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 officers failed to follow their training," Haddad said. "They should never assume that someone who seems intoxicated is. They could be having a diabetic emergency."

  • 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 of his constitutional rights.