Cotton Ruling Upheld — “more than ample evidence and testimony”
(Note: Heraldo has doubled the pay of frequent Herald commenter “Mitch,” and will allow him to post directly. Blame him for this post.)
Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong has denied a retrial in the case of Cotton v City of Eureka, leaving the City on the hook for a multiple million dollar payout in the case, involving Cotton’s death while in the Humboldt County Jail, after being brought there by Eureka Police.
The complete ruling is here:
Judge Armstrong ruled:
Had the Decedent survived, he indisputably would be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering he endured as a result of Defendants’ use of excessive force and deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.
Judge Armstrong also stated:
Defendants completely mischaracterize the record… At trial, there was overwhelming [underlined in ruling] evidence and testimony establishing that Officers Laird, Winkle and Whitmer viciously beat the Decedent with their fists, knee strikes, kicks and baton strikes— and that their use of force was unreasonable under the circumstances
“Defendants” in this case means the attorneys for the City of Eureka. Your tax dollars at work.
(The story is well-covered by Thadeus Greenson on the front page of this morning’s Eureka Times-Standard. Google “Martin Cotton retrial denied” to bypass their paywall.)