Woman Found Not Guilty of Felony Assault on a Peace Officer and is Awarded a Substantial Cash Settlement

Client, a 30-year-old Jamaican woman, returned home from late shift (1:00 a.m.) from downtown hotel and called police to report that her driveway was blocked by a vehicle. Unbeknownst to her, police within five minutes of the call, were detaining a male and female directly outside of her home regarding an unrelated matter. Client witnessed the officers getting very physical with the couple and attempted to intervene to clarify that her call regarding her driveway did not require such a response. While attempting to explain her position, client was brutally beaten (broken jaw), thrown to the ground and arrested. She was later charged with obstruction of justice and felony assault on a peace officer.

Marein and Bradley rejected offers to release the officers of civil liability in exchange for a dismissal of charges and tried the case to a jury for one week. At the end of the case, client was found NOT GUILTY of all charges. Marein and Bradley filed a civil rights action in federal court resulting in a substantial cash settlement.