A Multnomah County jury awarded Jason Cox $562,000 for police battery by Portland Police officers Jeffrey Elias, Robert Bruders, and Sarah Kerwin. On June 18, 2011, Cox was stopped for speeding and then detained on suspicion of DUI. He was tased and savagely beaten. The Portland Police did not know that the adjoining business had video surveillance covering the parking lot until after the incident. You can see in the video below, Mr. Cox is punched by the officers seven times in the face and Tased four times in 33 seconds. Mr. Cox also suffered a torn left shoulder muscle requiring surgery when the police wrenched it after the beating, and he lost his career as an ironworker as a result.
The police officers will not have to pay the judgment, but taxpayers will. The Portland Police department will do nothing to discipline the officers involved, because the police are a law unto themselves. If a couple civilians had held someone down and beaten them this severely, they would be facing Measure 11 criminal charges.