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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-11 07:37 AM
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Jury awards $82,000 after woman is arrested when asking police for a business card
From OregonLive:
A Multnomah County jury awarded a 33-year-old woman $82,000 Thursday, saying they wanted to send Portland police a message: Hand over a business card the next time a citizen asks for one.

Several jurors who spoke to The Oregonian after the verdict in Multnomah County Circuit Court said police werent dealing with an urgent or dangerous situation on the evening of Feb. 13, 2009 when SheiMeka Newmann questioned what she thought was an unnecessarily rough arrest of a fellow MAX rider. It would have taken only a few seconds for an officer to hand Newmann a card, jurors said.

I think that police need to be reminded that its part of their job to de-escalate and defuse situations, said juror Chris Bolles.

Instead, jurors say police overreacted to Newmanns queries.


Much more at the link!

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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-23-11 06:43 PM
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1. Good.
Edited on Sat Apr-23-11 06:44 PM by BlueIris
$82,000 is hardly enough, if you ask me, but at least it's something.
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