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Vinson v. City of Los Angeles

United States District Court, C.D. California

July 18, 2016

RAYVEN VINSON, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES, a Public Entity, et al., Defendants.

          MICHAEL N. FEUER, City Attorney - SBN 111529x THOMAS H. PETERS, Chief Assistant City Attorney - SBN 163388 CORY M. BRENTE, Assistant City Attorney - SBN 115453 RENA M. SHAHANDEH, Deputy City Attorney - SBN 198072 Attorneys for Defendants CITY OF LOS ANGELES, LOS ANGELES POLICE OFFICERS JOHN CARLYLE, BRANDON ROCKETT, RYAN PEAKE, KANE CHIU, JUSTIN WOLFCHIEF, OSCAR CORDOBA, and BORIS WASHINGTON

          [PROPOSED] JUDGMENT IN FAVOR OF CITY OF LOS ANGELES AND JUSTIN WOLFCHIEF AND AGAINST TEREMY JACKSON FOLLOWING JURY VERDICT

          PAUL L. ABRAMS, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

         TO THE HONORABLE COURT AND TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD THEREIN:

         This action came on regularly for trial on June 7, 2016 in Courtroom 12 of the United States District Court for the Central District of California before the Honorable Paul L. Abrams, United States District Court Judge. Plaintiffs RAYVEN VINSON, CHRISTIAN SUTTON, OLAOLUWA BAYODE, DEBBIE RUMBO, FRANCES WANG, and JASON SNEED were represented by Fred Dorton, Esq. Plaintiff TEREMY JACKSON was represented by Lance Filer, Esq. Defendants, CITY OF LOS ANGELES, JOHN CARLYLE, BRANDON ROCKETT, RYAN PEAKE, KANE CHIU, JUSTIN WOLFCHIEF, OSCAR CORDOBA, and BORIS WASHINGTON were represented by Deputy City Attorney Rena M. Shahandeh and Deputy City Attorney Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

         A jury of eight (8) persons was regularly empaneled and sworn. Witnesses were sworn and testified and documentary evidence was introduced and admitted into evidence in Phase I of the trial (individual liability and compensatory damages). After hearing all evidence and arguments of counsel, the jury was duly instructed by the Court as to all counts against the individual defendants, and the cause was submitted to the jury with directions to return a verdict on the issues, if after proper deliberations, they could do so. The jury deliberated and thereafter returned to the court with a unanimous verdict.

         Following the jury verdict in Phase I of the trial, but before commencement of Phase II (Monell liability and punitive damages), on June 17, 2016, Defendant CITY OF LOS ANGELES entered into a settlement, subject to City Council approval, with Plaintiffs RAYVEN VINSON, CHRISTIAN SUTTON, OLAOLUWA BAYODE, DEBBIE RUMBO, FRANCES WANG, and JASON SNEED. All claims by the settling Plaintiffs will be dismissed with prejudice upon completion of the settlement. Plaintiff TEREMY JACKSON was not a party to the settlement, and because he did not prevail on any claims in Phase I, there was no need for a jury to determine any issues in Phase II.

         The jury verdict with respect to Plaintiff TEREMY JACKSON was as follows:

JURY VERDICT
We, the jury, find as follows:
QUESTION NO. 4: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that Officer Justin Wolfchief used excessive force against Teremy Jackson?
(Check “Yes” or “No”) ___Yes X No
QUESTION NO. 8: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that Officer Justin Wolfchief arrested Teremy Jackson without probable cause?
(Check “Yes” or “No”) ___Yes X No
QUESTION NO. 12: Do you find by a preponderance of the evidence that Officer Justin Wolfchief intentionally or purposefully discriminated against ...

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