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Costs of OPD's Occupy Fiasco Mount: Oakland settles in the Kayvan Sabeghi beating
by WeCopwatch
Tuesday Dec 10th, 2013 11:48 PM
The Oakland City Council has agreed to settle Kayvan Sabeghi's federal civil rights lawsuit for $645,000. Sabeghi's spleen was lacerated during an Occupy Oakland demonstration on November 2, 2011, when he was beaten by Oakland Police Officer Frank Uu Uu, now retired, was part of a tight-knit group of SWAT / "Tango team" officers who were at the heart of OPD's violent misconduct toward Occupy Oakland demonstrators. Uu's immediate supervisor at the time of this incident was Sgt. Patrick Gonzales, who has been involved in multiple shooting deaths.
The Sabeghi settlement comes just months after the more than $2 million total settlement in two other cases against the OPD for its violent repression of Occupy Oakland and mass arrest of Justice for Oscar Grant demonstrators. As part of those settlements, the City of Oakland and OPD agreed to abide by and to allow the court to enforce a crowd control policy setting strict guidelines o and use of force at demonstrations and other crowd situations. However, OPD has refused to forgo use of so-called "less lethal" weapons such as explosive chemical agent grenades and lead shot filled impact munitions in crowd situations, despite serious injuries such as that of twenty four year old Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, who was shot in the head at close range with a "bean bag" round on October 25, 2011. Olsen's case is still unresolved.

Kayvan Sabeghi was represented by National Lawyers Guild attorneys Rachel Lederman, Bobbie Stein and Dennis Cunningham.

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by Observer
Wednesday Dec 11th, 2013 7:48 PM
I am glad that Sabeghi recieved a substanial settlement for the terrible beating he suffered. He deserved every cent and then some .BUT i think the movement against Police violence would have been far better served if he would have won it in Court .
The problems with settlements is that the cop's crimes are never publicly aired as part of a Civil Suit trial .
Within the limits of the corrupt ''Justice''system next to the cop being prosecuted for attempted murder, grevious bodily harm , etc is having a civil case go to trial .
I understand that many victims of the Police are almost always working class and the money is desperately needed .
Kayvan Sabeghi seems to be a exception to that rule in that he is a succesful professional and at least was apart owner of a micro brew pub .
So maybe he was in a better financial position than most to take the case as far as it could go . I don't know . Perhaps his career was short circuited due to his injuries .
But i sure would have liked to see Frank Uu and former Chief Jordan sweating under cross examination .
My two cents . No disrespect to Sabeghi and /or his attornies intended .