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Rachel Lederman and Jacob Crawford’s article on police body cameras

PDRDs – Quick Fix for Police Misconduct or Counter-Surveillance Tool?

As with Tasers, which were marketed as a high tech method of reducing Officer Involved Shooting deaths, PDRDs are a mixed bag and not an easy solution to what are actually much broader issues of racism and state repression. If the cameras are to create greater police accountability, it is essential that the videos be made immediately accessible to the public – and that the public (including Copwatchers and NLG Legal Observers) continue our own independent documentation of law enforcement actions.

Chronicle on $645,000 Sabeghi settlement

Chronicle on $645,000 Sabeghi settlement

The City of Oakland has tentatively authorized paying Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi $645,000 to resolve his lawsuit over his beating by OPD “Tango Team” Officer Frank Uu during an Occupy Oakland demonstration on November 2, 2011. Rachel Lederman, Dennis Cunningham and Bobbie Stein represented Sabeghi in the federal civil rights lawsuit. The Sabeghi settlement comes less than six months after the city approved over $2 million in settlements to resolve two other cases over OPD’s repression of Occupy and Justice for Oscar Grant demonstrations, which were also litigated by Rachel and other NLG lawyers and legal workers.

SF Weekly on Sabeghi settlement

Occupy Oakland: Police Brutality Tab Reaches Nearly $2.9M

Rachel interviewed on the ongoing struggle to reform OPD’s crowd control practices

Read this in depth article by Kate Conger in the SF Weekly on the long term struggle to stop OPD abuses against protesters.

Million Dollar Settlements Bolster Bay Area Protesters’ Rights

Million Dollar Settlements Bolster Bay Area Protesters’ Rights

Article by Brad Thomson on the recent victories in the Spalding and Campbell lawsuits.

NLG Obtains $1.17M, OPD Reforms for Occupy Oakland Protesters and Journalists

Read all about it here.

Rachel in the UK Guardian on Occupy settlement

Rachel in the UK Guardian on Occupy settlement

SF Weekly on second $1m+ settlement

SF Weekly on second $1m+ settlement

$1.17M Settlement for Occupy protesters and journalists

NLG press release on our

$1.17M Settlement for Occupy protesters and journalists

in Campbell, et al. v. City of Oakland.

Settlement reached in Justice for Oscar Grant mass arrest lawsuit!

The federal court has granted preliminary approval for a class action settlement agreement resulting from the mass arrests of anti-police brutality protesters on Nov. 5, 2010 in Oakland. Rachel Lederman and a team of NLG attorneys brought this case on behalf of 150 people who were kettled, arrested and jailed on the day that Johannes Mehserle was sentenced Plaintiffs sued local government authorities for violations of their civil rights. The settlement includes monetary damages for class members and requires changes in police practices and policies regarding arrests of demonstrators.

The Court has given until August 5, 2013 for potential class members to submit claim forms. If you were arrested on November 5, 2010, in the mass arrest on 6th Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets, and were not charged with any crime related to this arrest, go to this link to obtain a claim form and more information about the settlement.

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