Partner Matthew McNicholas Discusses San Bernardino County’s Settlement to Avoid a Lawsuit
In the article, “California county to pay man beaten by deputies on video” published by Associated Press, Partner Matthew McNicholas discusses the win-win result for both parties involved in a federal civil rights investigation.
On April 9, plaintiff Francis Pusok was involved in a horse chase with San Bernardino deputies after attempting a search warrant on Pusok in an identity-theft investigation. Captured by a helicopter TV news crew, the video shows Pusok being punched and kicked numerous times with his face down, legs stretched out and hands behind his back.
On April 21, the County initiated and agreed to pay Pusok a $650,000 settlement in order to avoid a civil lawsuit. Mr. McNicholas said the agreement was an “excellent result for all sides,” and a fiscally and morally responsible action by the County. “It ended up, I believe, saving the taxpayers money and probably putting more money in the plaintiff’s pocket,” he added.