How to sue the cops and win
In recent memory, Humboldt County Supervisors ate some serious crow after paying $1.5 million for recklessly pursuing the 7 years-long “Pepper Spray case” against Cunningham’s activist clients. Before that, Cunningham secured a $4.4 Million jury award in the case against the FBI and Oakland Police on behalf of the late Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.
But the stench of official stubbornness is set to burn both nostrils as the City of Eureka and the Village of Ferndale seem bent on litigation to defend bad cop behavior. There is high probability that both will lose.
Cunningham’s office already filed a wrongful death suit based on the Eureka Police shooting of Cheri Moore.
Some things are indefensible, as the jury in the Marsh case found within minutes of deliberation. But a “not guilty” verdict doesn’t always resolve a situation. Marsh lost his job because of the legal charade against him. Cheri Moore lost her life.
The decision-makers in these two situations would be wise to think carefully before moving to bang briefcases in a courtroom against Dennis Cunningham. Unless, of course, they’re sitting on a pile of money they’re willing to lose to Cunningham’s war chest.