Oak­land will pay $2.2 mil­lion to for­mer Black Pan­ther leader

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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.

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