Michael Siegel, Oakland civil rights attorney and all-around nice guy, has obtained information from the City of Oakland about police shooting lawsuits that have happened over the past decade and their resolutions.
Here’s a guide to how you, too, can get a cool $1,000,000 (give or take) from the taxpayers of Oakland. Unless you’re already shot dead.
The city of Oakland agreed Tuesday to… pay the family of a man who died after being arrested by Oakland police officers in 2000, a case that a federal appeals court said led to misrepresentations and stonewalling by the Police Department.
Jerry Amaro III, 35, was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy drugs from undercover officers near 73rd Avenue and Holly Street in East Oakland on March 23, 2000. During the arrest, several officers, including now-Capt. Ed Poulson, used excessive force, breaking five of Amaro’s ribs and lacerating his left lung, said the family’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Incident Date: 3/23/2000
Settlement Date: 12/1/2011
The Settlement: $1,700,000