Last night, the National Lawyers Guild announced a $1.17 million settlement for protesters who were injured and illegally arrested by the Oakland Police Department during Occupy Oakland protests in 2011.
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"We brought both lawsuits in order to stop OPD's dangerous and illegal repression of political protest and the city government's tolerance of repeated, pervasive police misconduct," explained lead NLG attorney Rachel Lederman.
Scott Campbell, one of the plaintiffs in the case, was shot in the upper thigh with a lead-filled beanbag, known as a less-lethal round, by Officer Victor Garcia on the evening of November 2, 2011. Campbell was filming a line of riot police at the time and captured the shooting on his own camera. His footage went viral and generated national scrutiny of the Oakland Police Department's handling of Occupy protesters. (Two veterans, Scott Olsen and Kayvan Sabeghi, were also injured at Occupy events; both are currently involved in litigation against the City of Oakland.)
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