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Ali Winston’s article on the Olsen settlement

Ali Winston’s article on the Olsen settlement

$4.5 Million Settlement Reached in Scott Olsen case

Rachel Lederman, Jim Chanin and Julie Houk are announcing a major settlement today in Scott Olsen’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland. An Oakland Police officer shot 24 year veteran Scott Olsen in the head with a “less lethal” munition on October 25, 2011, during a demonstration in support of Occupy Oakland.  The lead filled 12 gauge “bean bag” round shattered Mr. Olsen’s skull and permanently destroyed part of his brain. More information here.

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.

Anti-displacement activists block Google bus in SF!

Anti-displacement activists block Google bus protesting impact of tech capital in SF!

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

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