Excessive Force

Defense verdict for City of Carlsbad in excessive force case. San Diego County.

Angry words between a civilian and police officer turn into an arrest, with police accused of excessive force after plaintiff tries to flee.

  • Case Name: Cindy Michelle Hahn and Brandon Hahn v. City of Carlsbad, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, August 03, 2017

Excessive force claimed when 7 officers respond to vandalism call. Wrongful shooting death. $2 million. Los Angeles County.

Intoxicated man, unarmed, provokes police with broomsticks and rocks. Nonlethal-force options were deployed, but one officer ends up shooting him.

  • Case Name: Ramirez v. LAPD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hispanic cousins claim excessive force by Long Beach police officers. $1.625 million.

Early morning confrontation between two police officers and a group of Hispanics leads to arrests and claims of police brutality. Permanent injury claimed.

 

  • Case Name: Miguel Contreras and Miguel Vasquez v. City of Long Beach, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, October 03, 2016

Unarmed robbery suspect shot by Culver City police. Minor children awarded $8.8 million. Los Angeles County.

An unarmed robbery suspect is shot by a Culver City police officer.  Other officers on the scene did not perceive the suspect as a threat. $8.8 million awarded by Federal jury.  

  • Case Name: Kandace Simplis, et al. v. Culver City Police Department, et al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 08, 2013

$8.75 million verdict in L.A. Sheriff excessive force/wrongful death case. Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, in an unmarked car, pursued plaintiffs' decedent as a DUI/robbery suspect. When decedent's car crashed, he was surrounded by multiple sheriff's cars. Decedent backed his vehicle into a sheriff's car and deputies opened fire, killing him.

  • Case Name: Montalvo v. County of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 19, 2012

LAPD officer uses excessive force on disabled man in search for robbery suspect. $1.68 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

LAPD officers enter home searching for robbery suspect; suspect's father, disabled by a stroke, is manhandled and injured.

  • Case Name: Harris v. Alex Tellez, City of Los Angeles
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, November 07, 2012