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Three years after the George Floyd protests, the City of San Jose has agreed to settle an excessive police force case for over $3 million. San Jose police fired rubber bullets into a crowd of protesters, injuring multiple people and causing one man to lose one of his eyes.
The lead attorney says the case was headed to trial next month when the city decided to settle. San Jose police declared the protest unlawful, used tear gas and fired rubber bullets towards protesters. Multiple people were hit including Michael Acosta, who had to have his eye removed after the incident.
“It was really very striking because there was basically no accountability at all for the violence that was inflicted during these protests,” said Rachel Lederman, Center for Protest Law & Litigation and lead attorney for the plaintiffs.
“Not one single officer was has been disciplined. They suspended all Internal Affairs investigations into the incidents that were in litigation as a way I guess of thinking they could escape liability,” Lederman said.