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Austin Scott files lawsuit against Penn State
Oct-20-2009 2475 0

A former Parkland High School star football player removed from Penn State's team two years ago amid rape allegations has filed a federal lawsuit against the college, prosecutors and his accuser alleging they destroyed his chances for an NFL career.

Austin Scott's lawsuit claims authorities should not have filed the charges, which were eventually dropped, because they knew his accuser, Desiree Minder of Pottsville, had previously made false rape allegations against a student at Moravian College.

South Whitehall attorney John P. Karoly Jr. filed the multimillion-dollar lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Williamsport, and it was posted to the court's online database this morning.

Karoly, who has succeeded in winning multimillion-dollar awards against Lehigh Valley police departments for excessive force claims, promised two years ago he would file a suit on Scott's behalf. At that time, Karoly compared the investigators to "lynch mobs." Scott is black and his accuser and the prosecutors are white.

Just as Karoly has attacked the inner workings of police departments, the lawsuit raises questions about the motives of the prosecutors and Penn State University Police Force investigators and questions the abilities of their supervisors.

The case was ready to go to trial and a jury had been selected in October 2008. But the prosecutors dropped the charges when the judge decided evidence could be presented showing the woman had a pattern of making such allegations. Four years earlier, she had accused a Moravian College student of rape. A Northampton County jury acquitted him.

In the lawsuit, Karoly says the accuser told Centre County authorities "within the first two minutes" of a conversation that she had been raped before. The lawsuit claims authorities and the accuser all conspired maliciously to go forward with the prosecution, violating Scott's civil rights.

Karoly claims the main prosecutor in Scott's case, Centre County Assistant District Lance Marshall, pursued the case to "to curry favor" with Scott's accuser.

The suit further claims Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira knew of Marshall's "proclivities prior to the unlawful arrest and prosecution of Austin Scott."

Marshall resigned from his job in December amid allegations he made inappropriate sexual advances toward a victim of domestic violence, and Madeira is seeking re-election, according to the Centre Daily Times.

Marshall and Madeira, as well as seven members of Penn State University's police force involved in the investigation, are named individually as defendants.

The lawsuit says they all conspired in the October 2007 arrest of the then 22-year-old Scott and, as a result, diminished his potential "earning capacity" in the NFL.

The lawsuit claims Scott was slated to be a third- or fourth-round draft pick for the National Football League prior to the false allegations and false arrest, which prompted his removal from Penn State's team.

Scott was one of the greatest high school football players in the Lehigh Valley's history, leading Parkland to a state championship in 2002. His career at Penn State was mixed, partly because of injuries, and is remembered mostly for fumbling in the red zone in a game against Michigan. He was removed from the team after the female student accused him of raping her in his campus apartment Oct. 5, 2007. Scott said the sex had been consensual just as the man at Moravian College had four years earlier.

Scott has not played a full football season since.

Last year, Scott was invited to attend the Cleveland Browns training camp and played in the preseason games. But he was cut from the roster before the NFL's regular season.

Scott, 24, of East Stroudsburg, remains an unsigned free agent.

His attorney, meanwhile, is on trial for money laundering and mail fraud charges in federal court in Allentown.

The case revolves around allegations that Karoly tried to avoid paying taxes by creating a nonprofit organization.

Karoly pleaded guilty in July to willfully filing false tax returns and not paying income taxes on $5.2 million.

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Robert Barnes Oct-27-2016 62 0
An Alaska lawyer said Justice Clarence Thomas groped her at a dinner party in 1999, a claim that Thomas said is “preposterous,” the National Law Journal reported Thursday.

The publication said Moira Smith posted on Facebook about the alleged incident Oct. 7, the night of the disclosure of Republican presidential nominee’ Donald Trump’s taped boasts about grabbing women.

The NLJ report said Smith, at the time a 23-year-old Truman Foundation scholar, said that the incident occurred at the Falls Church, Va., home of her boss. She said Thomas grabbed and squeezed her buttocks several times.

“He groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should sit ‘right next to him,’ ” Smith wrote, according to the NLJ report.

The publication’s Supreme Court reporter, Marcia Coyle, wrote that Smith has now deactivated the Facebook account, but that she interviewed Smith and others about the alleged incident over a two-week period. Coyle reported that a source alerted her to the Facebook posting.

Thomas, in a statement through the Supreme Court’s press office, denied Smith’s allegations.
“This claim is preposterous and it never happened,” Thomas said.

The allegation comes as Thomas is marking his 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court. His contentious confirmation in 1991 was rocked by the claims of a former employee, Anita Hill, that Thomas had verbally sexually harassed her. Those hearings riveted the nation.

Smith is now vice president and general counsel to Enstar Natural Gas Co. in Alaska. Laura Fink, a spokesperson for Smith, confirmed that the NLJ story is accurate. She told The Washington Post that Smith will be releasing a statement soon.

Guests at the party thrown by Louis Blair, then the head of the Truman Foundation, told the NLJ that they had never heard of claims of untoward activity by Thomas. Blair questioned whether Thomas ever would have been alone with a dinner guest.

Friends of Smith remembered her telling them about the incident, according to the story.
“Her three former housemates during the spring and summer of 1999 each said in interviews they remembered Smith describing inappropriate contact by Thomas after she came home that night from the dinner or early the next morning,” Coyle wrote.

“They also remembered their own shock and inability to advise her about how to respond. Another Truman scholar that summer, whom Smith would later marry and divorce, said in an interview he ‘definitely remembered’ her sharing with him what had happened soon after the dinner party.”
The foundation was created by Congress and is a nationwide scholarship competition that identifies students “who demonstrate outstanding potential for and who plan to pursue a career in public service.”

Thomas’s supporters were quick to defend him against the allegations, and to charge that Smith’s allegations were politically motivated. They noted that she has given to Democratic candidates and that her former husband was a former party official.

“Justice Thomas has hired more than 30 women law clerks over the years, has worked closely with them day in and day out, and none of them has ever accused him of any inappropriate conduct. In fact, they hold him in the highest regard,” said Mark Paoletta, a former assistant White House counsel who worked on Thomas’s confirmation. “I do not consider it a coincidence that this Democratic smear on Justice Thomas comes as he celebrates 25 years on the court, and in the heat of a presidential election.”

A relaxed and funny Thomas spoke to an audience Wednesday night at the Heritage Foundation.
In the Facebook posting reproduced in the NLJ story, Smith said she had been the victim of date rape in college and was groped by an acquaintance after the alleged incident with Thomas. She said she decided to go public after listing to the Trump tape.
“Enough is enough,” she wrote.

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Sean Sullivan Oct-27-2016 210 0
Donald Trump on Wednesday pledged what he called a “new deal for black America” as he attempted to make late inroads with a voting bloc that polling shows favors Democrat Hillary Clinton by a vast margin.

“I will be your greatest champion,” Trump said during an campaign rally here. “I will never ever take the African American community for granted. Never, ever.”

In a scripted speech heavy on policy specifics, the Republican presidential nominee laid out a plan that he said is built on setting up better schools, lowering crime in inner cities and creating more high-paying jobs.

He told the largely white audience that “massive numbers” of black Americans have been ignored and left behind, and he blamed Democrats and Clinton for the “crippling crime and total violence” in the nation’s inner cities.

Trump was speaking in a city that was rocked by protests last month after police killed an unarmed black man. In his speech, he accused Clinton of waging a “war on police” that he said puts black lives at risk, and he called for police and residents to work together.

The GOP nominee pledged to remove gang members from inner cities and continued to falsely assert that the national murder rate is the highest it has been in 45 years.

“Some of our inner cities are more dangerous than the war zones we’re reading about and seeing about every night,” Trump said.

The real estate mogul said he wants to allow cities and states to declare disaster areas in blighted communities and give microloans to black entrepreneurs to help spur jobs. He championed school choice, which he called the “great civil rights issue of our time,” and increased funding for historically black colleges and universities.

He proposed tax holidays for inner-city investment and incentives for foreign companies to invest in “blighted American neighborhoods,” though Trump did not say what they were.

Trump later campaigned in Kinston, N.C., rallying an overwhelmingly white audience in a city that is about 68 percent black.

Trump’s candidacy is barely registering with African American voters. He had 3 percent support among African Americans in an ABC News tracking poll released Sunday, compared with Clinton’s 82 percent. Romney had 6 percent support among African Americans in 2012.

Toward the end of his speech, Trump also took a shot at a long-vanquished Republican rival as he slammed Clinton.

“She has less energy than Jeb Bush,” Trump said, saying he had brought up Bush because he didn’t live up to his pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee.

During the primary, Trump had disparagingly called Bush “low energy.” A Bush spokeswoman said Trump continues to be fixated on the former Florida governor.

“Donald Trump’s unending obsession with Governor Bush is very sad. Donald Trump should be focused on his current race — he certainly needs all the help he can get,” Kristy Campbell said in an email.

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CBS News Oct-25-2016 71 0
The president of the Mississippi NAACP is demanding a federal hate crime investigation after the parents of a black high school student said as many as four white students put a noose around their son’s neck at school.

“No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck,” president Derrick Johnson said Monday during a news conference in Wiggins. “This is 2016, not 1916. This is America. This is a place where children should go to school and feel safe in their environment.” Johnson said the incident happened Oct. 13 near a locker room at Stone High School in Wiggins.

The group said in a statement that officials have mishandled the situation. The NAACP said no one has been charged with a crime, and the black student’s parents have not told of any punishment for the other students involved.

“They failed to protect this student throughout this ordeal,” the NAACP said. “Allowing students to commit blatant hate crimes without severe consequences, sends a message to students that their safety and well-being are not valuable enough to be protected.”

CBS Biloxi affiliate WLOX reports that, according to the Stone High Student Handbook, the superintendent has the authority to expel any students who commits an act of violence on campus.
The NAACP claims school officials told the victim’s mother they could not tell her about disciplinary actions because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Mississippi has struggled with a history of racial division. It is the last state that still incorporates the Confederate battle emblem on its state flag. In 2014, two out-of-state students at the University of Mississippi placed a noose on the campus’ statue of James Meredith, the black student who integrated Ole Miss in 1962. Both pleaded guilty to using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and employees. Neither attends the school anymore.

Names and ages of the students involved in the Stone County incident weren’t immediately released. The Stone County NAACP president, Robert James, said the black student is a football player.

According to a statement from the black student’s family, he returned to practice after the incident, Ayana Kinnel, spokeswoman for the civil rights group, said. 

The Stone County Sheriff’s Department provides officers at local schools and typically is the first to respond to incidents. Sheriff Mike Farmer didn’t immediately respond to a phone message and an email. Wiggins Police Chief Matt Barnett said his agency wasn’t notified.

Stone County High School Principal Adam Stone referred comment to Superintendent Inita Owen. She and school board attorney Sean Courtney didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

State Department of Education spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle said the state usually lets local districts handle student discipline.

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Reuters Oct-24-2016 116 0
Leonard "Roscoe" Newton has been in and out of Florida's prisons since before he could vote, starting with a youthful conviction for burglary.

He's been a free man for six years now with an important exception: he still can't vote.

Newton, who is African American, is among nearly 1.5 million former felons who have been stripped of their right to vote in a state with a history of deciding U.S. presidential elections, sometimes by razor-thin margins of just a few hundred votes.

Felons have been disenfranchised in Florida since 1868, although they can seek clemency to restore their voting rights.

Since 2011, however, when Republican state leaders toughened the restrictions on felon voting rights, just 2,339 ex-felons have had that right restored, the lowest annual numbers in nearly two decades, according to state data reviewed by Reuters.

That compares with more than 155,000 in the prior four years under reforms introduced by Governor Rick Scott's predecessor, moderate Republican governor Charlie Crist, the data shows. Crist, who was governor from 2007 to 2011, made it much easier to restore ex-felons' voting rights.

"When I tried to be an effective member of the community, I saw that I was voiceless," said Newton, whose expectations of getting his rights restored were dashed when the rules changed under a new administration. "I'm 45, and I have never voted."

The dramatic slowdown has stoked a racially charged debate over whether political bias taints the process of restoring felon voting rights in the largest battleground state in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Florida's toughened ban means racial minorities are disproportionately excluded from voting because of higher incarceration rates, data shows. Black voters tend to favor Democrats.

"Republicans oppose the felon vote change because they are concerned about the political implications," said Darryl Paulson, a conservative Republican voting rights expert who sees wide restoration of voting rights as "a huge political advantage for the Democratic Party." Paulson says non-violent ex-felons should have the right to vote.

Almost all U.S. states deny incarcerated felons the right to vote but many restore those rights after they have completed their sentences.

Over the last two decades, more than 20 states have taken action to help people with criminal convictions regain their voting rights. Since July, Virginia's governor has restored voting rights to 67,000 felons.

Florida is the largest of four remaining states that strip all former felons of voting rights, accounting for nearly half of those barred from voting nationally. Along with Virginia, the others are Kentucky and Iowa.

Reforms Dashed
In March 2011, two months after he became governor, Scott reversed Crist's reforms, which had allowed many non-violent felons to automatically get their voting rights reinstated after they had completed their sentences. Crist had also simplified the process for felons convicted of more serious crimes to regain their votes.

Scott, a millionaire former health care executive, put in place new restrictions, requiring ex-felons to wait for five to seven years before applying to regain the right to vote, serve on a jury or hold elected office. He said the new rules ensured ex-felons had proven they were unlikely to offend.

Florida has disenfranchised about one in five voting-age black voters, according to research collected by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based advocacy group.

That compares with about 8.6 percent of the state's non-black potential voters. Data on the Hispanic voting-age population who can't vote because of the law was unavailable, although Hispanics make up 12.5 percent of Florida's inmates.

The rates reflect racial disparities in criminal convictions. Florida's current prison population is nearly 48 percent black, more than any other racial group, although blacks are only 17 percent of the state's population.

Ion Sancho, supervisor of elections in Leon County, which includes the capital city of Tallahassee, accused the Republican administration of repealing the felon voting reforms "to reduce the number of African Americans who had their rights restored because those voters were perceived to be more Democratic voting and so therefore were targeted for elimination."

Sancho is a former Democrat who is now unaffiliated with either party.

Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Republican officials who drove the 2011 policy changes, did not agree to be interviewed by Reuters or respond directly to questions on the accusations that the law is intended to influence elections. But Bondi has previously denied the policy amounts to racially motivated disenfranchisement.

"For those who may suggest that these rule changes have anything to do with race, these assertions are completely unfounded. Justice has nothing to do with race," Bondi wrote in a 2011 newspaper editorial.

Scott's office, in a statement to Reuters, said former felons need to "demonstrate that they can live a life free of crime, show a willingness to request to have their rights restored and show restitution to the victims of their crimes" in order to have their voting rights restored.

Democrats have seized on the issue as a civil rights concern, regardless of the political impact, said Nell Toensmann, who chairs the Democratic Party of St. Johns County, a north Florida region of about 225,000 people dominated by Republicans.

"Yes, it does disenfranchise a lot of African Americans, but it disenfranchises a lot of white people who would be voting as Republicans, as well," she said.

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Elizabeth Elizalde Oct-23-2016 171 0
A woman who had gone to North Carolina for her sister-in-law’s funeral was killed after a gunman fired more than a dozen bullets from a rifle — hitting her in the head, family and authorities said.

Jacobia Lane, 37, was staying with family in Gastonia, N.C., and was sitting with relatives when a stray bullet struck her in the back of the head early Saturday, family spokesman Christopher Dennis told The Charlotte Observer.

Jacobia Lane was killed by gunfire in Gastonia, N.C. at her brother's house while in town for her sister-in-law's funeral when a gunman fired a dozen bullets, police said. (Facebook)

Lane had traveled to North Carolina with her husband and children to stay at her brother’s house for her sister-in-law’s funeral, which was scheduled for Saturday, The Charlotte Observer reported.

At the time of the incident, Lane’s husband, Willie Lane, was sleeping on the second floor when a bullet hit his pillow, but he was not injured, the newspaper reported.

Police said about 30 bullets were fired from a high-powered rifle and no one has been arrested yet, according to the newspaper.

“This is not someone who goes out and does wrong,” Timothy English, Lane’s brother told WSOC-TV. “She is someone who loves her family.”

Her husband, Willie Lane, told the station he’s not angry with the gunman — but wants them “to come forward and face justice."

Lane’s family said they are offering $1,000 for information that may lead to an arrest. The Gastonia Police Department did not comment on the incident.
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Mark Berman Oct-20-2016 104 0
The Milwaukee Police Department said Thursday that a police officer whose fatal shooting of a man in August set off violent unrest there has been arrested following a report of sexual assault that came in as those demonstrations were still ongoing.

Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was arrested on Wednesday night following a police investigation that ended with the Milwaukee County district attorney filing a criminal complaint including multiple charges, the department said in a statement.

The department did not release a summary of the charges and a spokesman for the police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. No complaint was filed in court records Thursday morning; the district attorney’s office said it was expected to be filed sometime later in the day.
According to the statement, a male “victim reported to Milwaukee Police he had been sexually assaulted by Heaggan-Brown” while the officer was off-duty. Officials did not specify the age of this person.

This person came forward on Aug. 15, while the city was still reeling after authorities said Heaggan-Brown fatally shot Sylville K. Smith, 23, following a traffic stop two days earlier.

On the same day that police were contacted about the assault, Milwaukee officials were attempting to tamp down the anger that had erupted, announcing plans for a limited curfew after two nights on which buildings were set on fire, officers injured and one man shot in the area of the demonstrations.
Police were also pushing back against suggestions circulating in the city that Smith was unarmed and shot in the back, saying that he had run from a traffic stop before turning to the officer while holding a gun.

Heaggan-Brown, also named as Dominique Heaggan in some media reports, has been described as a young father who had attended the same high school as Smith.
He has been has been suspended by the department and remains in custody, officials said Thursday.
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Dannye Holley, Danielle Holley-Walker, John Pierre, Felecia Epps, Phyliss Craig-Taylor and James Douglass Oct-20-2016 167 0
The proposed changes to the American Bar Association's bar-passage standard, set to be decided this week, have been the subject of great debate. Some, like Daniel Rodriguez and Craig Boise, deans of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Syracuse University College of Law, respectively, have written in support of the proposed changes to Standard 316. But these proposed changes come at a time when bar-passage rates in many states have been declining, and there are many unanswered questions about the impact of the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam. Furthermore, at a time when the legal profession continues to struggle with a lack of racial and ethnic diversity, many of the schools that will be impacted by this change are schools who enroll large minority student populations.

A drop in rates

There is ample evidence of the recent drop in bar-passage rates across the country. The 2015 bar-passage rates suggest that under the new standard it is very likely that a significant number of law schools accredited for decades by the ABA could be automatically deemed to be out of compliance and at risk of losing their accreditation.

For example, in written comments submitted to the ABA earlier this year, the National Black Law Students Association, citing the ABA 509 law school disclosures, stated that the accreditation of more than 60 schools could be put in jeopardy if this proposal was adopted, including more than 20 law schools at which minorities comprise at least 30 percent of total enrollment.

Next, the proposed changes to Law School Standard 316 will place an undue burden on law schools associated with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other law schools committed to admitting a significant number of students of color. As 2014 LSAC Longitudinal Bar Passage Study data reported by LSAC, suggests that there is often a scoring gap between law graduates of color and white law graduates regarding bar examination passage. According to the study, 96.7 percent of white bar passage takers pass over five years, compared with 89 percent of Latino students and 77.6 percent of African-American students. Without resolving why this gap occurs, it is nonetheless true for those law schools with a high concentration of students of color, such as HBCU law schools, that the impact on bar passage rates will often be disproportionately felt.

HBCUs and the law

Currently, all six HBCU law schools meet the current ABA bar standard, which is that 75 percent of a school's bar takers have to pass the bar within five years. But the entire profession should be deeply concerned at the potential adverse impact this standard change would have on law schools associated with HBCUs.

As we well know, diversity in the law remains a challenge. Stanford Law School professor Deborah Rhode has noted that 88 percent of licensed lawyers are white, making the profession less diverse than medicine and engineering, in which 72 percent and 81 percent of licensed professionals are white, respectively.

HBCU law schools have been responsible for a significant and disproportionate percent of the African-American and other new lawyers of color added to the profession annually, according to a 1997 article by Ronald Ehrenberg, "Black Colleges Producing Today's African American Lawyers," published in The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. We have also found, anecdotally, that in those jurisdictions where an ABA-approved HBCU law school is present, that law school produces more African-American graduates who successfully are admitted to the bar than other law schools in that jurisdiction.

Therefore, any proposal that might have an adverse impact on the mission of HBCU law schools in continuing their leadership role in diversifying the profession, should first conduct a detailed analysis of how such a new proposal will impact such institutions. The ABA put forth a study that they claim demonstrates that "almost all" bar outcomes will be determined in the two-year window proposed under the new standard. However, there has been no disparate-impact study conducted by the ABA to assess how the proposed standard will impact law schools with large percentages of minority law students. No new standard should be considered without making this assessment.

"One size fits all?"

In their NLJ piece, Deans Rodriguez and Boise claim that the revised bar-passage standard is needed to hold law schools accountable. But a "one size fits all" standard on bar passage doesn't work when the bar exam is a distinctly different process in the 51 jurisdictions in this country. In each jurisdiction, there are vastly different combinations of the number of accredited law schools, their missions and their contributions to diversity.

A single standard cannot possibly fairly measure law school effectiveness when most states have four or fewer law schools, and some large states have eight or more. For example, in large, highly competitive states like New York and California, first-time bar passage rates will often fall below 75 percent. However, a state with less law schools like South Carolina may have a first-time bar-passage rate of 80 percent. The ABA's proposal is in no way an effective measure for policing the quality of the education offered at any accredited law school.

In summary, we are disappointed that the ABA, without conducting a disparate-impact study, appears to be moving forward with a change to the bar-passage standard that may have an adverse impact on our law schools. Being found to be out of compliance with this new ABA accreditation standard would have seriously negative impacts on our law schools. It would make it difficult for us to recruit students, faculty and the donors that are needed to sustain our academic program —programs that help to promote diversity in the profession and access to justice for underserved communities.

We hope that the ABA will not adopt a bar-passage standard that we know is likely to detrimentally impact diversity.
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Graham Rayman Oct-19-2016 84 0
A cop who shot and killed 66-year-old Deborah Danner in the Bronx was twice sued for assaulting four New Yorkers, court records show.

Sgt. Hugh Barry was sued in 2012 by Gregory Peters, and in 2014 by Jessy Ayala, Gabriel Diaz and Luis Pena.

“Barry's history shows an abuse of authority and a tendency to escalate encounters with civilians rather than de-escalate them,” said Peters’ lawyer Brett Klein.

Peters won a $25,000 settlement stemming from an August 2010 encounter with Barry in which he was doused with pepper spray, and kicked and punched until he was covered with bruises.
Cop should’ve followed these rules before slay of Bronx woman

Peters had just left the B.B. King Blues Club on W. 42nd St. when he saw a cop push his friend.

Barry allegedly accused Peters of not clearing the sidewalk quickly enough and began following him, court records show.

Peters said he was then pepper-sprayed and pummeled by Barry and a second officer. He said the pair knocked him down and kicked him in the back and hit him in the right eye.

Peters was taken to the Midtown South precinct, booked on resisting arrest charges, arraigned and released. The case was dismissed after he was not rearrested for six months.
Cop who fatally shot Bronx woman broke NYPD mental illness rules

Diaz’s lawyer Ken Montgomery said his client suffered cuts and bruises, and had to have a gash in his head stapled shut, during his June 2011 encounter with Barry.

“Barry struck me as someone who did not do a good job of assessing situations and someone who was not exceptionally bright,” Montgomery said.

Diaz and the other two men had just left a hip-hop show at the Tammany Hall nightclub on the Lower East Side, and he says he was attacked after questioning a cop who pushed him.
Barry then spotted the other officer hitting Diaz with a metal baton and ran over and joined in, Montgomery said.

Ayala and Pena suffered lesser injuries in the melee, and settled their case. The city paid out $10,000 to settle the case, a law enforcement official said.
Diaz’s part of the case went to trial, and a jury ruled the officers were not liable.
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Elizabeth Elizalde Oct-19-2016 97 0
A 13-year-old Georgia student who was allegedly “thrown to the floor” by his teacher was scheduled to have his right leg amputated this week after undergoing four surgeries, his attorney said.
“As anyone can anticipate, there was certainly an emotional response,” the boy’s attorney, Renee Tucker, told the Ledger Enquirer.

The student, Montravious Thomas, was in class at the Muscogee County School District’s AIM program -- dedicated for students removed from their schools because of their misconduct -- when behavioral specialist BryantMosleyslammed the student to the floor due to behavioral issues, according to a police report.

Montravious was heading to the main office to call his mother to pick him up, Tucker told the Ledger Enquirer.

Instead, the boy’s teacher followed him as he was exiting the room and slammed him to the ground, she said. Mosley allegedly sent the boy home on a school bus without notifying his family.

Tucker said that the family plans to file a lawsuit because the boy was wrongfully treated without the proper medical attention.

A call to Tucker and the Columbus Police Department were not returned.
Valerie Fuller, a spokesperson for the Muscogee County School District, released a statement confirming that the school district is investigating the matter “to determine all of the facts.”
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