We predict that Jean Quan will not be decrying the “economic violence” to Oakland any time soon, but yesterday the City of Oakland and Kayvan Sabeghi agreed to settle Sabeghi’s civil rights lawsuit for $645,000.
Sabeghi nearly died after being beaten by OPD Officer Frank Uu – who has since retired from the force as is likely enjoying a fat pension at taxpayers’ expense.(The $645,000 will be taken from Oakland tax revenue; Uu has not been sued or prosecuted.)
Kayvan Sabeghi, a veteran, had participated in the peaceful Port of Oakland shutdown and General Strike on November 2nd, 2011. He was walking home alone after having left the protest and after having dinner with friends when his path inadvertently took him straight into a police line. Not just any police line: an OPD police line with Frank Uu in it, part of as special SWAT / “Tango team” led by Sargeant Patrick Gonzales, the murderer of Gary King in 2007 who has also been involved in other shooting deaths and the wounding of anti-war protesters at the Port of Oakland in 2003.
The City of Oakland admitted culpability:
In court documents, attorneys acknowledged that city officials “do not dispute that Officer Uu used excessive force on plaintiff in violation of the Fourth Amendment.”
This immediately begs the question “Why was Frank Uu not indicted for assault and battery, perhaps attempted murder as well?”
The answer is that the Alameda County’s District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, quick to prosecute Occupy protesters on the flimsiest of charges, has no interest in pursuing murder and assault cases against police officers. Despite the attacks on Scott Olsen, Kayvan Sabeghi, Scott Campbell and others during Occupy protests, despite the murders of Alan Blueford, Gary King, Raheim Brown and many others by police officers, no charges have ever been filed by O’Malley’s office against anyone on a police force in relation to using excessive force. Alameda County police forces know that with O’Malley they have “carte blanche” to beat, assault and murder without ever worrying that any of their members might be held accountable, with any and all restitution left to be footed by the taxpayers.
Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi claims Alameda County sheriff’s jailers denied him medical care and mocked him for 18 hours before he got treatment for a lacerated spleen. He eventually underwent surgery and was hospitalized for five days.
The City of Oakland has now paid somewhere around $2 million in settlements to Occupy protesters, with more to come. The class-action lawsuit by those arrested in a kettle on Broadway on January 28th, 2012 is still in process, as is Scott Olsen’s individual suit.
Here is an annotated video of the beating by CopWatch.