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Palo Alto settles suit after allegations of excessive force - 02/17/2016 Palo Alto Online

Palo Alto will pay $250,000 to settle its lawsuit with a Los Altos Hills resident who claimed he was unfairly arrested, subjected to excessive force and deprived of medical care by police officers after he suffered an epileptic seizure during a traffic stop in August 2013.

The City Council agreed during a closed session on Tuesday night to settle the suit from Tyler Harney for $250,000, according to City Attorney Molly Stump.

The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in July 2014 and amended in February 2015, stems from an incident that occurred after a traffic stop on Aug. 3, 2013. According to the suit, Harney was a passenger in a car that was pulled over around noon on that day. The suit claims at least two officers pushed Harney against a squad car, apparently in route to handcuffing and arresting him... Read More.

$210K deal for man who alleged S.F. police beating - 10/07/2014 - SFGate

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to pay $210,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a man who accused San Francisco police of beating him with a baton in North Beach.

Sean Hold was with friends returning to their parked car near Broadway and Montgomery Street on Feb. 16, 2013 when he and a friend began good-naturedly wrestling with each other, according to his attorney David Helbraun... Read More.

Man sues Palo Alto police over alleged civil rights violations - 07/30/2014 - San Jose Mercury News

A Los Altos Hills man is suing the Palo Alto Police Department and Santa Clara Sheriff's Office in federal court over a "severely" broken arm and other alleged civil rights violations.

Tyler Harney was riding in a car that was stopped by police on Aug. 3, 2013, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court. When two officers allegedly pushed him face forward against a squad car, apparently to arrest him, he began to convulse uncontrollably as a result of a seizure disorder.

"Rather than immediately provide assistance to plaintiff, he was forced to the ground by the officers, face first," Harney's San Francisco-based attorney, David Helbraun, wrote in the 15-page complaint... Read More.


In two recently settled civil rights matters:

"Thank you for all your hard work and helping me stand up for myself. You are the reason I was able to seek justice and see it through till the end. I feel like three thousand pounds of weight lifted off my chest today. I appreciate all your work, knowledge, and companionship throughout this process. Thank you!"

"David, I can't thank you enough for your representation in this matter. You have managed to settle this case well before anticipated and gotten me even a bit more than we anticipated would be a "good number". You have turned a tragedy into something I can begin to re-build upon. I thank you again. "