Oregon pays $180,000 after State Police Captain Rob Edwards kicked compliant motorcyclist in the chest

“EUGENE, Ore. — A federal jury has ruled in favor of a Eugene motorcyclist who was kicked in the chest by an Oregon State Police captain after a chase.The jury awarded Justin Wilkens $180,000 on Jan. 14 to settle his excessive force claim in the August 2012 incident, the Register-Guard reports.”I’m just happy as heck,” Wilkens, 41, said as he left the courthouse.Video of the incident shows Wilkens speeding past Capt. Rob Edwards, who was in an unmarked police car. Edwards began to pursue Wilkens and then rear-ended his motorcycle. The police captain can then be seen pointing a gun at Wilkens and kicking him in the chest.”Motorcyclist Justin Wilkens won a $180,000 in a case against Oregon State Police Officer Rob Edwards for using excessive force.

Associated Press, Jan 25, 2015, “Oregon motorcyclist kicked by cop awarded $180G to settle excessive force claim”, http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ore-biker-awarded-180g-excessive-force-claim-article-1.2508227?platform=hootsuite


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