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$150,000 Settlement in Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Beating of Juvenile Suit

A $150,000 settlement was reached in a suit against police for excessive force on a teenage minor.

The suit filed against the City of Tulsa stated that on April 12, 2008, three Tulsa City Police Officers, Stephen Boyes, Timothy Pike, and David Hale, confronted the youth, who was on his way home, and sought to detain him without legitimate reason. The youth was identified in the suit as T.M.E. After being questioned by the officers, the youth turned and walked away and was tackled and beaten by the officers. A medical test showed that the youth was beaten so severely that he suffered a “blow-out” fracture of his eye socket and was bleeding from his ear. The suit raised claims of racial discrimination, and excessive force, and was filed September 8, 2008 in an Oklahoma federal district court.

Settlement was reached in April 2010 with the City of Tulsa paying the youth $150,000 in damages. See: Evans v. City of Tulsa, Case No. 08-CV-547-JHP-SAJ (N.D. Oklahoma, 2008).

Source: World Staff

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Evans v. City of Tulsa