Oakland pays $43,000 to settle police beating suit
The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $43,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who said police officers used excessive force while arresting him.
Jimmy Williams, then 50, said he was beaten by officers "without any just provocation or cause" in the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant at 35th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 25, 2009.
Officers pepper-sprayed him and hit him with their batons while he was on the ground, according to Williams' suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Williams suffered a fractured hand and "severe scrapes" and bruises on his shoulder, arms and stomach, said the suit, which sought $500,000 in damages.
In court papers, city attorneys wrote that Officer Delmar Tompkins had responded to the parking lot to investigate reports of two men with knives.
Tompkins found Williams fighting with his brother and ordered him to stop, but he was "combative and noncompliant," city officials said. Officers used their batons and pepper spray in arresting Williams, police said.
Williams was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, but the case was dropped.
The City Council voted in closed session Tuesday [February 21, 2012] to settle the case for $43,000, said City Attorney Barbara Parker. The vote was 7-1, with Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente voting "no."
The entire amount will be paid with city funds, Parker said.