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Federal Jury Finds Monterey County Liable for Death of Mark Pajas Sr. After County Failed to Provide Him Medical Care at Jail

On February 7, 2019, a seven-person jury in federal court in San Jose, CA unanimously found in favor of the family of Mark Pajas Sr., who died in the custody of Monterey County Jail on January 20, 2015. The jury found that the County of Monterey violated Mr. Pajas's right to adequate medical care under the United States Constitution when Monterey County Sheriff's Office deputies failed to adequately monitor Mr. Pajas as he detoxified from heroin, resulting in Mr. Pajas's death within twenty hours of his arrival at the Monterey County Jail in January 2015.

January 22, Orange County Jury Awards $360,000 in Excessive Force Shooting and Head-stomping Case - HSR Represents the Mother of Connor Zion, Killed by Sheriff's Deputy

A federal jury unanimously found that Orange County sheriff's deputy Michael Higgins used excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution when he shot and stomped the head of Connor Zion after he no longer posed a threat. The jury awarded Connor's mother Kimberly Zion $360,000 for her son's pre-death pain and suffering.

HSR Seeks a Temporary Restraining Order Against Phoenix Police in Advance of Possible Trump Visit

HSR Attorneys Comment on How Report That Long Beach Police Officers are Erasing Messages Regarding Police Violence May Impact Lawsuits

In a September 18, 2018 exposé, Al Jazeera reported that the Long Beach Police Department had equipped 145 police-issued phones with TigerConnect, aka Tiger Text. The texting app, first installed in 2014, was designed to erase messages after a set period of time and render them irretrievable.

Class Action Suing Phoenix Police for Violent and Dangerous Treatment of Peaceful Protesters During Anti-Trump Rally

Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP's Dan Stormer, Joshua Piovia-Scott and Cindy Pánuco, together with the ACLU of Arizona and Phoenix-based civil rights attorney Dan Pochoda filed a class action lawsuit today against the City of Phoenix, Chief of Phoenix Police Jeri Williams, and a number of Phoenix police officers for violating the rights of thousands of peaceful anti-Trump protesters who were gathered during and after a rally the president held on August 22, 2017, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Without warning, the Phoenix Police Department fired more than 590 rounds of pepper bullets, tear gas canisters and other dangerous projectiles at peaceful protestors, including children, elderly people, people with disabilities and pregnant women. The suit was filed on behalf of the community organizations Puente and Poder in Action and four individuals who will represent a class of people whose First Amendment protected viewpoints critical of the president were violently suppressed by Phoenix police. "It took Phoenix police 30 minutes from the time they started unlawfully shooting at protesters to issue a dispersal order. Even as protestors ran away from the attack, officers continued firing projectiles into the crowds," said Cindy Pánuco, an attorney with Hadsell Stormer Renick LLP, co-counsel for the plaintiffs. "Protestors wanted to convey the message that the racist and anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration must end. The Phoenix Police Department used violence to stop this message from being conveyed, injuring hundreds of people in the process."

LA City Council Approves $1.95 Million Settlement in Charly "Africa" Keunang Case

Tuesday, August 21, in a 12-2 vote, the LA City Council approved a $1.95 million settlement with the family of Charly "Africa" Keunang. The two dissenters both had ties to the LAPD. A proposed settlement agreement was reached in federal court on May 10, after a jury held two LAPD officers liable in the March 2015 Skid Row shooting death of Mr. Keunang, a mentally ill, unarmed, homeless man. HSR attorneys Joshua Piovia-Scott, Dan Stormer, and Shaleen Shanbhag represented Mr. Keunang's family in their claim that police escalated the confrontation with Mr. Keunang, which led to his death. The settlement monies will go to Mr. Keunang's parents Heleine Tchayou and Isaac Keunang, and to his sister Line Marquise Foming.

Feras Morad Federal Trial to Wrap Up Wednesday, July 11th

HSR attorneys Dan Stormer, Joshua Piovia-Scott and Brian Olney represent the family of Feras Morad, an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a Long Beach police officer on May 27, 2015. Experts and eyewitnesses have testified over the course of the 2-week trial that the shooting was unjustified and unnecessary.

HSR Attorneys to Represent Family of Feras Morad in Federal Court, Tuesday June 26th

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, HSR attorneys Dan Stormer, Josh Piovia-Scott, and Brian Olney will go to trial in federal court in Los Angeles, representing the family of Feras Morad. Feras was a 20-year old national debate champion who had just accepted a full scholarship to attend Cal State Long Beach. On May 27, 2015, Feras fell through a second story window and sustained injuries. Several Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene to render aid to the unarmed Feras. They were prevented from doing so, however, by a Long Beach police officer who arrived moments later. This officer ignored the firefighters' offer to help, refused to wait for backup, repeatedly tased Feras, and then shot him dead in front of numerous eyewitnesses, several of whom had pleaded with the officer not to shoot. This case seeks to hold to account the officer and City for this brazen, unnecessary, and unjustified killing.

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