Jury Awards $82,000 To Oregon Woman Arrested For Asking Police for a Business Card | Disinformation

A Multnomah County jury awarded a 33-year-old woman $82,000 Thursday, saying they wanted to send Portland police a message: Hand over a business card the next time a citizen asks for one.

Several jurors who spoke to The Oregonian after the verdict in Multnomah County Circuit Court said police weren’t dealing with an urgent or dangerous situation on the evening of Feb. 13, 2009 — when Shei’Meka Newmann questioned what she thought was an unnecessarily rough arrest of a fellow MAX rider. It would have taken only a few seconds for an officer to hand Newmann a card, jurors said.

“I think that police need to be reminded that it’s part of their job to de-escalate and defuse situations,” said juror Chris Bolles. Instead, jurors say police overreacted to Newmann’s queries.

via Jury Awards $82,000 To Oregon Woman Arrested For Asking Police for a Business Card | Disinformation.

So, you know, next time you see cops acting out of line, ask them for a business card. You may get $82,000 out of it. And if we want to be really hopeful: you may get a country where the police are the public servants, rather than overlords.

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