Police Protesters to Get $1 Million for Poor Treatment By Oakland, County


Oakland and Alameda County, Ca., have agreed to pay more than $1 million and reform their crowd-control policies to settle a lawsuit filed by 150 people who were arrested together – and then held for hours – while protesting the sentence given to the transit police officer who fatally shot Oscar Grant in 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The federal class-action suit accused Oakland police of violating their own policies by failing to order demonstrators to disperse before “kettling” and arresting them on suspicion of unlawful assembly on Nov. 5, 2010. Instead of being cited and released for the misdemeanor offense, the protesters said, they were held in sheriff’s department buses for hours while handcuffed, leading some people to urinate on the floor or themselves. Demonstrators were held overnight in crowded jail cells because deputies were overwhelmed by the number of arrestees.

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