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.
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.
Read this in depth article by Kate Conger in the SF Weekly on the long term struggle to stop OPD abuses against protesters.
Article by Brad Thomson on the recent victories in the Spalding and Campbell lawsuits.
NLG press release on our
in Campbell, et al. v. City of Oakland.
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.