Sonoma County deputies employed a Taser against Wroth over 23 times, while Wroth was surrounded by law enforcement, to book him for driving drunk. The matter settled for $1.25 million.
Police used their Tasers against 66-year old McFarland in his home because he refused to leave to go to a hospital. The matter settled for $1.9 million.
Over 20 Sonoma County inmates were subjected to indiscriminate beatings and torture in the name of “counseling” at the jail. The matter settled for $1.7 million.
After rousing a snoozing bartender/model on a BART station bench, officers smashed Sheehan’s face into the floor, breaking bones, to book her into custody on St. Patrick’s Day. The matter settled for $1.35 million.
The Claims: Wrongful Termination, Whistleblower
The Results: An employee sued Recology after being wrongfully fired for leveling serious charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption. The California Court of Appeal had to rule twice in this matter, both in favor of the plaintiff.
The Claims: Police Misconduct, Excessive Force
The Result: The CHP shot and killed decedent’s mother. A unanimous federal jury determined the client’s parent’s death was the product of excessive force. The Ninth Circuit agreed with the plaintiffs, and clarified the applicable legal standard.
Imagine regaining consciousness with a dark-colored sack over your head, arms and legs restrained and unclear how you ended up that way. That is how Santa Rosa resident Andy Ford, a U.S. Army veteran with a brain injury suffered while serving in Afghanistan, recalls emerging from an incapacitating seizure he experienced in public in February 2018.
The scandal involving cheating in the $1 billion cleanup at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard has until now focused on allegations of what was left behind at the site: radioactive dirt dumped into trenches to save the time and expense of testing and disposing of it properly.