HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Oakland officials agree t...

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 03:17 AM

 

Oakland officials agree that cop did nothing wrong and shows contempt for Federal judge's decision

On a 5 to 3 vote, the Oakland City Council acted contrary to a Federal judge's order and authorized the transfer of public funds to reimburse a cop for damages which the judge ordered him to personally pay.

Last year, after a bench trial, U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel found that a particular Oakland cop conducted an illegal strip search an a busy West Oakland public street to humiliate two individuals who were stopped for no lawful reason. As Judge Patel wrote in her opinion, after the cop and his partner used a pretext to stop the driver,

Mayer handcuffed Lucas and undid his belt buckle, causing Lucas' pants to fall to his ankles... Then the officer asked Lucas if he had any drugs in his buttocks, pulled his boxer shorts halfway down and shook them against his genitals as a crowd gathered to watch ...
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Oakland-to-pay-cop-s-40K-strip-search-judgment-3649123.php

The cop's junior partner followed his direction and similarly conducted a public-humiliation strip search of the second individual while the crowd continued to watch.

When Judge Patel rendered her judgment, she both (1) ordered the City of Oakland to pay $105,000 in compensatory damages to the first individual and $100,000 to the second one, and (2) ordered the cop to personally pay $25,000 out of his own pocket to the first individual and $15,000 to the second one.

Since the time that the order was entered requiring the personal payment of the $40,000 by the Oakland cop, his attorney sought to have the City of Oakland reimburse the cop for the damages that he was ordered to personally pay.

Verber wrote in a memo to the city that his client had been cleared of wrongdoing by police internal affairs. 'The punitive damage award issued by the court is particularly upsetting for Mr. Mayer because he knows he did nothing wrong.'

When the Oakland City Council vote was taken, they agreed with the Police Department's internal affairs office and the cop's attorney. They agreed to transfer the funds while undermining the judge's ruling.

7 replies, 1426 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply Oakland officials agree that cop did nothing wrong and shows contempt for Federal judge's decision (Original post)
AnotherMcIntosh Jun 2012 OP
msongs Jun 2012 #1
TeamPooka Jun 2012 #2
Scootaloo Jun 2012 #3
Festivito Jun 2012 #4
Baitball Blogger Jun 2012 #5
dixiegrrrrl Jun 2012 #6
Downtown Hound Jun 2012 #7

Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 03:35 AM

1. police investigate themselves? they must be kidding nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 04:12 AM

2. Police don't care about laws

they care about power.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 05:35 AM

3. Excepting crimes against another officer...

Have internal investigations by police departments EVER turned up wrong-doing?

The police departments have vested and obvious interest in clearing their fellows from any claims of wrongdoing. Unless there is a "higher authority" that is going to fucking smash up their criminal enterprise, there's no incentive whatsoever to actually - fuck me - follow the goddamned law.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 06:14 AM

4. If the city wants to take responsibility, the fine should go up to 25 million dollars.

A 50,000 a year cop, a 500 million a year city, multiply by 1000.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 08:10 AM

5. If they think they have the right to stripsearch people on the street,

why would they have any regard for a judge that disagreed with them?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 11:01 AM

6. So, let's see if the Judge cites the City for contempt of court.

A City Council violating a Federal Judge's ruling...should be interesting.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2012, 03:22 PM

7. I've said it before and I'll say it again

Police are domestic terrorists.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread