Ex-Black Panther leader to get $2.2 M of Oakland after city councilwoman the attack

The city of Oakland, California, to pay $2.2 million settlement ex-Black Panther leader Elaine Brown, photo, after a physical attack by a city councilwoman.


A former leader of the Black Panther y will receive $ 2.2 million from the city of Oakland, California, to establish by 2015 a case in which she was physically attacked by a city councilwoman.

The settlement, equal to the salaries of the approximately 30 entry-level police officers, consists of $1.2 million in damages to Elaine Brown, and a similar fee for its lawyers. Oakland city council approved the settlement Tuesday without discussion, the San Francisco Chronicle.

The payout, at the expense of the city’s coffers, comes after more than two years of legal battle, which the city rejected, ex-Black Panther leader’s request for $1 million after her confrontation with councilwoman Desley Brooks.

Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks.


In 2015, Brooks and Brown, who led the Black Panther y from 1974 to 1977, were reportedly arguing over a housing and urban farm project that Brown hoped that the city’s financial support. Brooks rejected the request on the ground that it would not help, Oakland’s African-American population.

According to Brown, Brooks then knocked her backward over a stack of chairs in a restaurant, asks her to undergo surgery for a torn rotator cuff, the Chronicle. They filed with the police against the councilwoman, but the police are not responsible Brooks.

“She was trying to win a political argument by a violent attack,” Charles Bonner, an attorney for Brown, told the outlet on Wednesday. “It was a scandalous breach of fiduciary duty to the taxpayers and her constituents.”

“She was trying to win a political argument by a violent attack. It was a scandalous breach of fiduciary duty to the taxpayers and her constituents.”

– Charles Bonner, an attorney for Elaine Brown

The ex-leader of the Black Panther then sued the city for emotional distress, battery and assault, claiming Brooks was the act of an official that night when the incident occurred.

The legal challenge went to trial in Alameda County Superior Court and the jury Brown to almost $4 million in damages, but the figure is reduced to $1.2 million after Judge Paul Herbert ruled that the original amount was too much.”

The court also found that Brooks lied under oath about the incident and ” exhibited no remorse for her callous behavior,” Herbert wrote in the ruling in April.

Councilwoman currently running for re-election this fall to retain the position she has held since 2002. She reportedly spoke to the damages and almost $50,000 in attorneys ‘ fees she was ordered to pay.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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