Tag Archives: excessive force


Posted 6 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Aaron Kase  
Man Can Sue Iowa Police for Stun Gun Attack

An Iowa man who was immobilized with a stun gun by police in 2007 will be allowed to bring a lawsuit against the force, the state Supreme Court ruled last week. A lower court had previously disallowed the lawsuit, claiming that the officers were protected by the state’s Tort Claims Act, which gives immunity in most circumstances to state law enforcement agents who are carrying out their duties. The litigation stems from an incident that took place over six years …

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Posted 7 months ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. Pays $2M for Shooting Man in the Back

Parents of a man whom a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot dead as he ran away won a $2 million jury award. Efrain Lara Gutierrez encountered the deputies around 1 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2009 when they saw Gutierrez and another man near cars. The deputies said they suspected the men of breaking into cars and that Gutierrez was armed with a knife. The deputies claimed they chased the two men, until Gutierrez reached a fence where he was …

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Posted 9 months ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Police Taser Man to Death and Cost City $1 Million

The city of San Jose must pay $1 million to the family of a truck driver who was Tasered to death by four police officers. Steve Salinas, 47, was naked and high on PCP when police confronted him at a motel in 2007. He weighed 260 pounds and was grunting unintelligibly but was unarmed. Three of the officers admitted they urged a fourth officer, Barry Chickayasu, to zap Salinas. Chichayasu Tasered him 10 times in 93 seconds. The city started …

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Posted 9 months ago in Jury Awards Personal Injury by Sylvia Hsieh  
Parents Win $7.5 Million for Son Shot Dead By Police

Parents of a 21-year-old who was shot seven times and killed by police won a $7.5 million jury award. Robert Thomas Jr. was standing outside at a party with 60 other people on November 8, 2010 when two Los Angeles County deputies pulled up and frisked Thomas. At trial, the sheriff’s department claimed that Thomas was acting suspiciously then ran away when deputies tried to talk to him. They claimed they shot him after Thomas reached for a gun in …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Police Shooting Victim’s Family Wins $8.8 Million

A jury awarded $8.8 million to the family of a man shot three times and killed by police while getting out of his car. Police in Culver City, Calif., pulled over 27-year-old Lejoy Grissom in a parking lot in the middle of the day on April 25, 2010, because they suspected he had robbed a nearby electronics store. Four more officers and a supervisor arrived as back-up and drew their guns as they ordered Grissom out of the car. Moments …

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