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CA City Agrees to Pay $750,000 to Former Cop Tasered During Unlawful Arrest

The City of Antioch, California agreed to pay $750,000 to a former San Francisco police inspector who was unlawfully arrested.

On June 7, 2007, police came to Marvetia Lynn Richardson’s home in response to a 911 call by a woman who was renting a room from Richardson. The woman told 911 that a guest of Richardson’s had threatened to shoot her and her daughter.

Antioch police broke down Richardson’s door after allegedly hearing screams from inside the house. Police officers Tasered Richardson while she was calmly answering questions, her suit claimed. She was then taken to jail after she insisted on writing “Tasered” on a citation for resisting arrest.

The charges against Richardson were later dismissed after a judge found the police had unlawfully entered her home. Richardson was fired from her police inspector position, though.

The city denied any wrongdoing in agreeing to the $750,000 settlement in February 2011. See: Richardson v. City of Antioch, U.S.D.C. (N.D. Cal.), Case No. 3:08-cv-03470-JSW.

Source: Contra Costa Times

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