FEDERAL COURT AWARDS $15M FOR THE THOMAS FAMILY IN SWAT KILLING

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless lawyers, Tim Ford, David Whedbee and Tiffany Cartwright were honored to represent the family of Leonard Thomas, an unarmed man shot and killed by police while holding his young son.  The jury found for the Thomas family and the estate on every count: unreasonable seizure, excessive force, false arrest, negligent investigation, deprivation of family relationship, using explosives to breach a home, causing severe emotional distress and unreasonably killing the family pet.  For more details on this case, please see the following links.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/15m-awarded-to-family-of-unarmed-black-man-killed-by-sniper/2017/07/14/ee0db78e-68f3-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html?utm_term=.9aba717256bd

http://www.latimes.com/nation/sns-bc-us–sniper-shoots-man-lawsuit-20170715-story.html

https://url.serverdata.net/?aLma8-SzPZKfoOc4VcoVCL2QOX7e529kddSopmJgSsQGlVjnge97uMCZFXeFw80ItPG7aKbskUJ5VhxgECifpIHu4FXVhJ7vnVQiqRZq8FHQBbGwbfTOQKm9040xd0iKc

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/jury-awards-nearly-15m-to-family-of-unarmed-black-man-killed-by-swat-sniper-in-fife/

SEATTLE COMMITS TO ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE MOBILITY IMPAIRED

David Whedbee, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless lawyer and plaintiff in this ADA class action lawsuit, Reynoldson et al v. City of Seattle, worked successfully to win a settlement with the City of Seattle to ensure wheelchair users and others have dependable, safe access to the city’s entire transportation system and sidewalks.  Ably represented by Disability Rights Washington, Linda Dardarian, and Tim Fox, plaintiffs secured a settlement that entails construction of 22,500 curb ramps over the next 18 years and improvements in the way citizens may request new curb ramps and expedite repairs.  For full details on this settlement, click on the press release issue by the City.

Reynoldson Final Press Release

 

Trial Ordered In Police SWAT Team Killing Of Unarmed Man

A federal judge has ordered a trial of the civil rights claims brought by the family of Leonard Thomas, an African American man killed by a SWAT team at his home in Fife, Washington, in 2013. The Thomas family is represented by MHB lawyers Tim Ford, David Whedbee and Tiffany Cartwright.  The trial is set to begin June 19, in federal court in Seattle. Below are links that provide more details.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/trial-begins-in-swat-sniper-killing-of-unarmed-black-man-in-fife/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/racial-bias-video-wont-be-shown-to-jury-weighing-police-shooting-of-black-man-in-fife/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/family-military-tactics-by-cops-led-to-killing/

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/judge-jury-should-decide-whether-police-were-overzealous-in-fatal-shooting-of-fife-man/

http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/article154926244.html

 

Grays Harbor County Policy of Putting Kids in Solitary Confinement

David Whedbee of MHB is cooperating as counsel with ACLU of Washington to challenge the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement on juveniles in Grays Harbor County. See the attached ACLU Press Release: Grays Harbor Solitary Confinement and an article written about the suit in The Daily World: http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/county-sued-over-allegations-of-solitary-confinement-at-juvenile-facility/.

 

City of Tacoma fined maximum penalty allowed for violating Public Records Act

MHB attorneys David Whedbee and Angela Galloway successfully challenged the city’s failure to produce public records related to the Tacoma Police Department’s controversial use of “Stingray” surveillance equipment. The court ordered the city to pay approximately $50,000 in penalties, and to reimburse attorney’s fees to MHB client Center for Open Policing. For more information, check out this article in The News Tribune. http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article136371963.html