$400,000 for Young Man Whose Knee was Broken by Chico Police
The Chico Police Department agreed to pay $400,000 to a young man whose knee was dislocated by Chico officers after a college party. Officers falsely accused the young man - who was celebrating his 21st birthday - of being drunk, then tackled him without justification. The incident happened in front of several other officers who claimed not to see it. Eye-witnesses supported the young man's account.
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. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. Michael Haddad, an Oakland-based civil rights attorney who represented Akbarieh, said Thursday that the settlement amount totaled $400,000. The lawsuit alleged that Chico police officers forcefully detained Akbarieh without cause outside a house party in February 2013, resulting in a severe knee injury, ongoing medical expenses, violations of his constitutional rights and other damages. The suit also alleged that Akbarieh — who is of Iranian descent — was racially profiled.