Seven years ago an Oakland police officer forced two men he had stopped to pull down their pants in front of spectators. After a lawsuit was brought and the City refused to settle, last year’s verdict resulted in losses to Oakland’s taxpayers of more than $1,000,000. You might have thought that at this point the City would have said no mas.
But you would be wrong. You have no concept to what depths of ass-kissing the people of Oakland’s representatives will go when there are police involved. (And quite frankly, even I was surprised at the giant sucking sounds emerging from City Hall last evening…)
The Oakland City Council voted Tuesday to pay $40,000 in punitive damages that a judge had ordered a former Oakland police officer to pay for making two men pull down their pants in public.
The city had no legal obligation to make ((officer)) Mayer’s payment, but the council voted 5-3 to do it anyway.
((City Council member)) Brooks said the police union had recently asked council members to indemnify Mayer.