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.
The city of Seattle has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against it by a man who was shot in the face by police. The $2 million settlement is the largest known settlement in the city’s history of excessive force lawsuits. The lawsuit was filed against the Seattle Police Department and alleged that the plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment guarantee against illegal seizure was violated during the incident. Police came to the plaintiff’s home after reports that he was suicidal. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was not armed when police shot him in the face.
Staff Report, Reuters 06/18/2015 Source: WSAJ eClips