|[January 09, 2013]
Osborn Machler: King County Sheriff's Deputy Action Leads to Another Settlement Involving Excessive Force
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Attorneys from Osborn Machler representing a Seattle resident today
announced they have reached a $75,000 settlement with King County
regarding Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Paul - the deputy whose alleged
actions have resulted in more than $10 million in legal settlement,
according to court statements - in another case accusing him of
allegedly using excessive force with a man.
According to court documents, Jeffrey Gold accused Paul of breaking his
nose and causing facial lacerations in May 2010 after Paul allegedly
tackled Gold and drove him into the ground after Gold recorded Paul and
another deputy in the midst of a heated discussion at a Queen Anne bus
Court documents indicate that in January 2011, the county settled with
the family of Christopher Harris for $10 million, claiming Matthew Paul
was the deputy responsible for leaving Christopher Harris brain-damaged,
paralyzed and unable to speak after Paul pushed Harris into a wall.
According to court documents, Jeffrey Gold witnessed Deputy Paul and
other officers engaged in an involved conversatio with a group of young
men at a Seattle bus stop. Gold took out his phone and began taking
pictures of the incident when Deputy Paul confronted Gold, tackled him
and pushed his face into the ground.
In Washington state it is legal to tape a law-enforcement officer as
long as it does not interfere with the officer's duties. "According to
Gold, he was well away from the action and did not hinder the deputies
in any way," said Gold's attorney, Sim Osborn.
According to Osborn, Gold was arrested for obstruction of justice and
placed in King County jail for six hours, but was never charged with any
Furthermore, according to documents filed in court, in September 2012
the county paid $300,000 in sanctions after it was reasonably proved
that it withheld documents it was required to turn over in an alleged
effort to cover up Deputy Paul's past use of unnecessary force. The case
was re-opened, and the Harris family came to an additional settlement
with the county worth $1.478 million, as reported in court.
"With all of the previously documented instances of Deputy Paul's
excessive use of brute force it is baffling that the Sheriff's
Department has not taken his badge and his gun," said Osborn. "Law
enforcement officers are there to protect and serve our community, but
Deputy Paul has been nothing but a burden to the community and taxpayers
About Osborn Machler
The attorneys at Osborn Machler represent plaintiffs in personal injury,
products liability, and professional malpractice cases. Osborn Machler
is noted for taking difficult cases and successfully taking them to
settlement or trial. The firm has extensive experience representing
injured persons against federal, state, and local governments. You can
learn more about the firm, its cases and expertise at www.osbornmachler.com.
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