Oakland will pay $2.2 million to former Black Panther leader
OAKLAND | The city of Oakland will
pay $2.2 million to settle a claim by a former Black Panther leader who was injured in 2015 after a City Council member punched and pushed her.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Oakland council approved the settlement unanimously Tuesday.
The payment includes $1.2 million in damages for Elaine Brown and $1 million in attorneys fees.
A jury in January awarded more than $4 million in damages to Ms. Brown in a lawsuit against the city and council member Desley Brooks. A judge later lowered the figure to $1.2 million.
The jury found that Ms. Brooks shoved and injured Ms. Brown inside a
restaurant during an argument over an affordable housing project.