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

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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.

“I have to ask if you have any medical conditions,” the officer asked James Greer, who told him that he has a ruptured hernia in his abdomen.

James Greer began to perform the test, but doesn’t appear to complete it before more officers arrive, and James Greer gets increasingly afraid.

“I don’t understand. I don’t understand. What are you guys doing to me?” he asked before the officers took a step toward him and appeared to attempt to grab his arm.

The interaction escalates quickly from there, with several officers grabbing James Greer and forcing him to the ground, where four officers sit on his arms and legs and a fifth officer kneels onto his back, including one BART officer. James Greer can be heard screaming out in pain, pleading with the officers to get off of him as he is tased three times.

“Shut the f— up, dude,” one officer says, while another says, “Just relax.”

The officers restrained James Greer in a WRAP, a full-body restraint made by a Walnut Creek company before rolling him onto his back and asking, “Are you alright?” But, there is no response.

For the full story visit : http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/06/08/hayward-bart-agree-to-1-07-million-settlement-for-son-of-man-killed-during-traffic-stop/

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