This week is interesting: usually, we have cops catch criminals at Taco Bell, not be the bad guys themselves. Yet that's exactly what happened in Oakland, where a man alleged that police officers beat him up at a Taco Bell parking lot for no reason--and is now $43,000 richer for it.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
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.
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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.