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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.

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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 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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