$1 Million Settlement for son of James “Nate” Greer Murdered by Police


The city of Hayward and BART have agreed to collectively pay more than $1 million to settle a wrongful death suit alleging police unnecessarily restrained and tased a man with a known medical condition until he lost consciousness.

The city of Hayward agreed in December to provide the bulk of the payout, or just over $995,000, with BART expected to kick in an additional $75,000. BART agreed to the settlement in April, but a spokeswoman for the agency said it has not yet been signed by all parties.

Neither BART nor the city of Hayward admitted any guilt in the settlement, but the fact that they agreed to pay the family indicates officials there knew something was wrong, said Fulvio Cajina, who helped represent Joseph Greer, the son of James “Nate” Greer in the suit.

A spokesman for the city of Hayward, however, said many factors go into a decision to settle a lawsuit, and it would be incorrect to interpret the settlement as an admission of guilt. Representatives for BART said the agency would not comment until all parties had signed the agreement.

James Greer went out to buy a lottery ticket the night of May 23, 2014, his family said, when three officers in a patrol car signaled for him to pull over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Body camera footage of the incident shows him complying with the officers’ commands, stepping out of the car and following an officer’s finger as he passed it in front of his face for a field sobriety test.

The officer then asked James Greer to go to the passenger side of the vehicle for another sobriety test, where he was asked to balance with his feet together, head titled back and eyes closed.

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