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Broken arm leads to $1 million suit against city

Original post made on Mar 3, 2010

The City Council and city officials have decided to reject a $1 million claim against the city brought by a woman whose arm was shattered while she was being arrested by Mountain View police officers last fall.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 11:31 AM

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Posted by Char
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Another stupid lawsuit. They should stick the woman in jail and fine her a million dollars for wasting the city's time.

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Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I am pretty sure that the lawyer is licking his lips on this and thinks the city will simply roll over. What a crock. When the city wins this case i hope they city can recover the cost from the drug user for wasting the city's time on this frivolous lawsuit.

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Posted by Old News
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Old this in the Daily. Just a stupid move.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm

She's a resident of Marina...where's that? You can be sure that if this incident had happened there, she'd be suing that city instead of MV.

I wish we could add a surcharge for non-residents of MV who commit their crimes here.

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Posted by jane
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I find it very interesting that the lawyer said that the officers could have used other means, such as mace or tasers, to control her. People have died from the use of tasers and it sounds like there was no justification to use a taser - and mace? No matter what the police did the lawyer would be looking for something to sue about. How awful to have an arm broken like that, but by and large people do understand that resisting arrest means that you must be subdued one way or another. Pretty darn expensive broken arm $73K!!!!

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Posted by resident
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm

This to me is a classic case of police brutality. Do you know how much force is required to break a bone in several places? Think about it. Alot! That much force is completly unnecessary. I don't care if she is a druggie....does that make her lose her rights and give the police a right to brutalize her? Unless she had a weapon, there is no reason for such force. The MV police need to chill and not brutalize women who are much weaker and smaller than they are. What if it were you & they pulled you over because of an expired registration? I'm sure it was a stupid response to move suddenly, but have we all been trained in "Cop response behavior"? No. Personally, having never been in trouble with the law, I would not know how to respond to them. I don't know how much, if any, the city should pay her, but I do feel the MV police should be retrained in how to handle women with less force. If not, we may be reading about something much more serious than a broken arm next time....then the city will pay big time, make no mistake about it. And, we will all pay since we are the taxpayers!

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Posted by Wrong
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

And we wonder why our health care costs are rising and cities are going broke.

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Posted by @ resident
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm

"Do you know how much force is required to break a bone in several places?"

Do you know that people on crack cocaine have been known to keep coming at cops even after being shot? IF she wasn't doing crack cocaine, this would not have happened.

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Posted by tech worker
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I think she should get something for this use of excessive force but similarly excessive is the amount being requested in the law suit.

give her an amount for the treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering; $150k would be more in line with reality

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Posted by Just Sayin'
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Maybe she was on crack cocaine b/c she couldn't get hold of any medical marijauna...

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Posted by Orion
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I would not be surprised if a 47-year-old woman with a prolonged history of substance abuse suffers from early osteoporosis. If so, her bones would be abnormally brittle.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

USA is a registered user.

tech worker -- So, I get to smoke crack and get $150,000 cash in exchange for a broken arm? Where do I sign up? Sure, getting my arm broken wouldn't be much fun, but I would be blitzed out of mind on crack, so I probably wouldn't even notice.

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Posted by MarkT
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

This woman acted irrationally and broke the law when she resisted arrest, and police have the right and duty to protect themselves from potential dangers from such people. It's an officer's fear that somebody breaks free and harms him or another officer. This likely happened quickly, and the policeman holding her didn't have the luxury of guessing that she was harmless. The only thing that she'll get out of her broken arm is likely to be not getting charged with resisting arrest. The police and/or judge will probably figure that she's suffered enough, albeit as a result of her own actions.

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Posted by Mr. DePortum
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 4, 2010 at 6:14 am

She should be remanded into custody and break her crack pipe.

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

This reminds me of the story of the burgaler who broke his leg breaking in a house and then sued the homeowner. Or the lady that sued Mc Donald's for the hot coffee. C'mon people, at some point you have to take responsibilty for your own actions. Some people are so arrogant.

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Posted by When will it end?
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:48 am

Jody Haar is the one who decided to become a crack cocaine user and also to resist arrest so why is the city responsible for her bad choices? It's way past time to stop allowing people to hold someone else legally responsible for their own stupidity. Another side benefit is that there would be fewer lawyers like Mr. Look around. He might consider actually helping his client by getting her into rehab instead of trying to make her rich so she can buy more drugs.

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

"I didn't do anything wrong."

Too funny. Isn't that always the case? I think it's great to see William B. Look's name in print. Next time I trip I'll know who to call. A million dollars? LMAO

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Posted by Rad G
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Thank you MV police for adding another liability to your already bloated paychecks.

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Posted by SEAN
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm

SEAN is a registered user.

you cannot blame th lawyer imo, 30% of 1 millin is a nice chunk of change. even if the case is a shot in the dark its still a shot. as faras the crack head, i am sure she had briitle bones from years of smoking crack but that is not an excuse to justify the over use of force by the mv police. i mean after all we did say she was a crack head right? you cannot convieniently use her condition. there is no doubt that she resisted but an injury like this is not the norm. give her a quarter mill, pay all fines and court costs give the lawyer 30 % and she will be left with about 125k. she will smoke herself silly and end up in prison or dead. theres no way the lawyer wouldnt sway her to take a plea like that. keep it out of court and dont tarnish our city with out of town trash!

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Wow.. really you want to pay her for NOT doing as she is told. Not listening to the police and smoking crack.. You need to get off the crack pipe too if you think that.

As Rodney King knows, or Grant what's his name should have known.. if the cops tell you to do something, do it. Turn around and hop on one leg.. ok.. i'll ask why later. Sit still on the curb and dont move is pretty clear. Sorry if you dont want to be arrested for being stupid, and smoking crack, but that's what gonna happen. It's called "cause and effect" ... By not doing as she was told and requiring the officer to exert force to get compilance, She CAUSED the officer to react which the EFFECT was a broken arm.

Same goes for Oscar Grant and those types. If he didn't resist arrest, he wouldnt have gotten into a scuffle and wouldn't have gotten accidentally shot by a cop that cant tell his taser from his gun... perfect example..

I digress...

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