Category Archive for: ‘Police Misconduct’

Rachel Lederman in the news as Standing Rock criminal cases wrap up

Rachel is quoted in a major AP piece on Water Protector Legal Collective. WPLC has just wrapped up almost 850 criminal cases stemming from the indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access oil pipeline at Standing Rock in 2016-2017. Regarding the ongoing civil rights lawsuit over law enforcement violence against the water protectors, “We are determined to press on for justice, no matter how long it takes,” said legal collective board member Rachel Lederman, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
The same article ran in the Washington Post, MN Star Tribune, ABC News, CBS News, US News, Seattle Times, Tampa Bay Times, and local and regional news outlets across the country.
Another good article on this, in the Fargo-based High Plains Reader:

Press coverage of our lawsuit for police beating of SF City College student demonstrators

SF Gate, Huffington Post

Chronicle and KTVU coverage of Hashitaka police misconduct case

More info on the Hashitaka lawsuit:

Claim filed in Native American Heritage Night Case

On September 16, 2014, we filed a claim on behalf of April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, Native Americans who were kicked out of the SF Giants’ Native American Heritage Night for speaking out against cultural appropriation, and brutalized by SFPD.

Read the NLG Press Release and watch the video here

Some of the press coverage:

NLG Press Release

KQED News Story

SF Weekly Article

CBS Local News Story


CCSF newspaper’s coverage of our press conference

Read all about it here: CCSF paper coverage of our press conference

Students File Claim in CCSF SFPD Police Beating

Rachel Lederman is representing two San Francisco City College students who were brutalized and wrongfully arrested by CCSF police and SFPD.

Join Scott Olsen and Demand Oakland Drop “Less Lethals”

Scott Olsen’s skull was shattered and part of his brain destroyed when an OPD officer shot him in the head with a Specialty Impact Munition (SIM) at a 2011 Occupy Oakland demonstration. As he lay critically injured on the pavement, an OPD officer threw a CS Blast grenade onto him – a teargas device that explodes with a flash of light and loud bang. At least a dozen other people were injured by so-called “less lethal” weapons at the Occupy demonstrations, even though OPD’s own policies and federal court orders specify that these weapons may not be fired into crowds. As a result, the City of Oakland has had to pay out more than $7 million in legal settlements to people who have suffered serious injuries from SIM or CS Blasts, including burns, hearing loss, fractures, crushed nerves and scarring. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed in Oakland, as occurred in Boston when college student Victoria Snelgrove was struck with a small plastic SIM that an officer was aiming for another person in a crowd of baseball fans. We demand that OPD be prohibited from using SIM and CS Blast grenades at demonstrations and other crowd events. These so-called “less lethal” weapons cause serious injuries to innocent people and major liability to the Oakland taxpayers. Other major Bay Area cities don’t use SIM, chemical agents or explosives on crowds, and we don’t need them here in Oakland. Please sign and share the petition:

Chronicle story on the Olsen settlement

Chronicle story on the Olsen settlement

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.

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