City of Portland seeks to settle lawsuit with man injured in protest after Campbell, Collins deaths

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, May 17, 2013

March 2010 protestThe City of Portland would pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who was injured during a March 2010 anti-police protest, under an ordinance that will go before city commissioners Wednesday.

The encounter, captured on television footage, resulted in injuries to Clifford Richardson. He was treated at OHSU Hospital after his head and face struck the pavement during a scuffle with an officer, according to city records.

During the 2010 protest, Portland police formed a line with their bikes to keep protestors from moving into the street. Richardson, according to city documents, pushed at an officer and officers moved in to take him into custody.

“During the struggle that ensued, Richardson’s upper body was struck by a police officer’s knee and as a result, his head and face struck the pavement,” according to city documents distributed to commissioners.

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Richardson, then 24, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, interfering with police and harassment. He was later acquitted of all charges at trial.

Richardson then filed a civil lawsuit against the city in Multnomah County Circuit Court, alleging false arrest, battery and malicious prosecution. He was seeking $15,000 for past and future medical bills, plus $500,000 in general damages.

The settlement figure was reached after significant negotiations, according to the city.

“Approval of this settlement will avoid the cost and expense of a trial and a jury award that could potentially be significantly larger,” according to Randy Stenquist, of the city’s risk management office.

The protest was one in a series that followed two officer-involved fatal shootings that year: the Jan. 29, 2010 fatal shooting of Aaron Campbell by Officer Ronald Frashour, and the March 22 fatal shooting of Jack Dale Collins near a Hoyt Arboretum restroom by Officer Jason Walters.