The City of Oakland has authorized paying an Army veteran $645,000 to settle a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the man was severely beaten by police during an Occupy protest on Nov. 2, 2011.
The City Council on Tuesday authorized paying Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi the settlement to resolve a lawsuit he had filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Sabeghi, 32, an El Cerrito businessman who was an Army Ranger in Iran and Afghanistan, said he had taken part in a nonviolent protest and was trying to walk home when police stopped him. Officer, Frank Uu, was videotaped repeatedly hitting him with a nightstick.
Sabeghi was arrested on suspicion of remaining at the scene of a riot, but he was never charged. According to news articles the time, Sabeghi was treated in the intensive care unit at Highland Hospital and underwent surgery for a lacerated spleen.
Sabeghi’s complaint said in part:
“Defendant Uu came through the police line and confronted plaintiff, cursing at him, and then struck him repeatedly with a club, driving him towards the west sidewalk in front of the police line. Although plaintiff did not resist or fight back and was not physically aggressive in any way, Uu continued to beat him and Uu, Patterson, and other officers tackled him at or near the curb with unnecessary and excessive force, piling on top of him and violently twisting his arms.
“ Plaintiff suffered a lacerated spleen, as well as cuts and bruises. There was no justification for the use of force on plaintiff. Defendant Sgt. Gonzalez and other superiors failed to adequately supervise Officer Uu and other officers, failed to intervene, and approved and condoned the officers’ unlawful conduct against plaintiff.”