Oakland Ordered to Pay $6 Million in False Arrest Lawsuit

The city of Oakland has been ordered to pay about $6 million in damages to a parolee and his former girlfriend who claim police falsely arrested him three years ago.

A federal jury in San Francisco awarded $5 million to Torry Smith and $750,000 to Patricia Gray in compensation for emotional distress.

The city was also ordered to pay $100,000 in civil penalties, and the two officers involved in the incident were ordered to each pay $100,000 in punitive damages.

In their lawsuit, Smith and Gray claim their civil rights were violated in 2004 when the officers came into their East Oakland home and falsely arrested Smith on charges that he had a rifle.

Oakland City Attorney John Russo says the city plans to appeal Friday's verdict.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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