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.
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
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