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Monday, June 2, 2008

City Seeks Mulligan in Wrongful Arrest Case

posted by on June 2 at 13:21 PM

Two weeks after a jury awarded 22-year-old Romelle Bradford $268,000 for his wrongful arrest, the city—apparently hoping to avoid making a hefty payout—has filed for a new trial.

Bradford was arrested outside of the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club in 2006 after police were called to the facility after a dance. As Bradford—wearing a staff shirt and badge—approached police outside the dance, one officer ordered him to halt. Bradford didn’t and was arrested for obstruction and thrown in jail overnight.

Prior to Bradford’s suit, it had been about a decade since the city lost a jury trial. However, the city has spent a significant amount of money to settle cases out of court.

Since January 2007, the city paid over $400,000 to settle other police misconduct cases. Most recently, the city settled with Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes for $185,000—after he was beaten by officers on Capitol Hill—and paid $20,000 to Aaron Claxton who was repeatedly tasered in his North Seattle home.

The city will likely have a hearing on their request for a do-over sometime in the next month. The city attorney’s office could not be reached for comment.

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And how much does it cost the city to appeal? I'm guessing we don't have staff lawyers and are paying top dollar for this appeal to some 3rd party no bid contract law firm.

Posted by Anon | June 2, 2008 1:58 PM

The city has paid over 6 million to litigate since 2002.

Posted by Jonah S | June 2, 2008 2:01 PM

Why is it that the OPA won't discipline police officers in cases when the courts find that the officer's conduct was an illegal violation of someone's civil liberties?

Or, in other words, why is it department policy for police to violate people's civil rights? Settlements upwards of $10,000 seem to indicate some wrong has occurred, and upward of $100,000 seem to indicate a very clear violation. And yet, we certify the police behavior in these cases with the city's seal of approval and pay out millions in settlements. Why?

Posted by Trevor | June 2, 2008 2:25 PM

$268,000 will buy some phat rims!

Posted by Turbo from Breakin' | June 2, 2008 3:48 PM

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