Multnomah County Jury awarded Gallagher Smith $306,000 against the City of Portland

Jason Kafoury, Gallagher Smith, and Greg Kafoury
Jason Kafoury, Gallagher Smith, and Greg Kafoury

A Multnomah County Jury awarded Gallagher Smith $306,000 against the City of Portland for false arrest, battery, and malicious prosecution. Smith suffered physical and emotional injuries when he was grabbed, beaten, tased, maced, and hog-tied by Portland Police officers after questioning their authority to order him off a public sidewalk. Officers Sean McFarland and Patrick Johnson were acting at the request of the Aura nightclub security on Nov. 13, 2010, after Smith had complained about the overselling of an event, which caused ticketed patrons to be denied admission.  Plaintiff claimed severe PTSD as a result.  Defense attorney David Landrum for the City of Portland, trial judge was Youlee You. Judge You ruled as a matter of law the police did not have probable cause for the arrest since the officer’s had no lawful authority to order Mr. Smith off a public sidewalk. Read the Oregonian story, see the TV news clips, and watch video from the scene at the links below:

TV coverage and video:

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KOIN (12/10/2012)
KPTV (12/10/2012)
KPTV (12/10/2012)
Original cellphone footage
Original cellphone footage

 

 

 

 

 


Read the story:

The Oregonian — Aimee Green (12/10/2012)
Examiner — Laura Alexander (12/11/2012)

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