Oakalnd to pay protesters $1.3 million for wrongful arrests at YMCA

Oakland Police Department has shown a great deal of restraint lately when it comes to interactions with various protests on its streets. However, the city is still paying the misdeeds of its near past.

From Courthouse News:

The 360 Occupy Oakland protesters who claim they were falsely arrested and subjected to unconstitutional jail conditions after a January 2012 protest have been granted class certification and a tentative settlement. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins on Jan. 5 gave the class preliminary approval for a settlement of more than $1.3 million. 

Lead plaintiff Steven Angell complained that Oakland’s police officers “corralled and trapped” the protesters in front of the Oakland YMCA on Broadway, where they were “pushed, clubbed and driven into a shrinking space.”

Counsel for the lawsuit will receive $350,000 of the tentative settlement, according to the report.

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