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City of Salem Settles §1983 Suit for $105,000

City of Salem Settles §1983 Suit for $105,000

The City of Salem, Oregon has agreed to settle a civil rights suit that raised a variety of different claims surrounding the arrest and detention of a family and their children.

On February 18, 2005, Salem police executed a search warrant at Troy Hudson’s home; they were looking for a computer. After the computer couldn’t be found, the police called in a child welfare representative to assist in taking Hudson’s kids and to provide a basis for arresting Hudson.

Hudson was charged with criminal mistreatment of his kids based on the presence of a legal medical marijuana grow site in his garage. While being transported to jail, Hudson’s handcuffs were too tight, and while in jail, Hudson was denied medical treatment for a blood clotting problem. All charges were later dismissed.

After Hudson’s release, Hudson’s son was returned to him and his wife, but he was underweight, having lost 25% of his body weight.

Hudson raised a variety of state and federal claims concerning his arrest, detention, and the removal and treatment of his son. The case was settled for $105,000.

Hudson was represented by Brian Michaels of Eugene, Oregon.

See: Hudson v. City of Salem, No. 07-CV-00226-ST (D. Oregon).

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