Police brutality nets large jury awards; Portland taxpayers stuck with the bill

The Oregonian, Oct. 7, 2014

Portland jury awards Jason Cox $562,000 in police brutality case
Jurors 9-3 found that Portland police committed battery against Jason Cox in a beating and tasing incident that was caught on video.

A jury’s decision last week to award more than $562,000 to a 40-year-old man who was repeatedly punched in the head and tased by Portland police is the largest sum awarded by a jury in a police brutality case in city history.

That’s according to the city’s Risk Management Division, which — in response to a public information request by The Oregonian — compiled a short list of the top verdicts against the city in police use-of-force incidents.

Last week, after four days of evidence and argument in Multnomah County Circuit Court, jurors voted 9-3 to award Jason Cox every dollar he’d been asking for: $562,129…. Continue reading at OregonLive.com (includes Q&A)

Portland police arrest Jason Matthew Cox
Video of the June 18, 2011, Portland police arrest of Jason Matthew Cox in a parking lot at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 136th Avenue courtesy of attorneys Greg and Jason Kafoury