Oakland to pay $2.2 million to settle ex-Black Panther leader suit


OAKLAND — The city of Oakland will pay $2.2 million to settle a claim by an ex-Black Panther leader who was injured in 2015 after an Oakland councilwoman punched and pushed her.

An Alameda County jury in January awarded more than $4 million in punitive damages to ex-Black Panther Elaine Brown in a civil lawsuit she filed against the city and Oakland councilwoman Desley Brooks.

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The city appealed that that ruling but the San Francisco Chronicle reports Oakland’s city council approved the settlement unanimously Tuesday. Brooks was not at the meeting.

The payment includes $1.2 million in damages for Brown and $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

The jury found Brooks shoved Brown inside a restaurant during an argument over housing causing her to fall and injure her shoulder.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

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