‘This outrageous incident provided a perfect opportunity to implement new, modern policies geared towards long-term reform’ – Civil Rights Attorney John Burris
(From Press Release) – Civil Rights Attorney John Burris and his law firm are announcing the settlement of their Federal civil rights lawsuit related to the April 10, 2017 ‘Police unprovoked assault of a jaywalker’ incident (caught on video) which sparked national outrage.
On April 10, 2017, pedestrian Nandi Cain was racially profiled and beaten by Sacramento Police Officer Anthony Figueroa while walking home from work. A cell phone video of the vicious attack immediately went viral prompting national outrage as people witnessed Mr. Cain thrown to the ground and struck upwards of 20 times by City of Sacramento Police Department. Mr. Cain suffered a broken nose and a concussion during the incident.
According to Burris, ‘Mr. Cain has agreed to settle his claims for $550,000, in addition to the City of Sacramento agreeing to implement several important policy changes.’ Burris explains that ‘Monetary settlements alone do little to improve policing, but when paired with policy changes and mandatory training we hope to slowly chip away at the systemic problems plaguing the City of Sacramento Police Department and many other departments around the country.’
Burris explains that ‘This outrageous incident provided a perfect opportunity to implement new, modern policies geared towards long-term reform.’
According to Burris, ‘The City of Sacramento was very open to implementing policy and training changes, which is an important step in improving community relations with the police department and reducing incidents that result in serious injury and death.’
The reforms the City has agreed to begin to implement are:
- The city will support the judicial record expungement of the arrest related to this incident.
- Officer Anthony Figueroa will not work as a patrol officer in Del Paso Heights during calendar years 2018 and 2019 and will not seek assignment in the Del Paso Heights area until after he has successfully completed mandatory scenario based Implicit Bias and Procedural Justice training.
- The city will implement mandatory scenario based Procedural Justice & Implicit Bias training for all sworn employees with the Sacramento Police Department.
- The city will implement an audit process for Body Worn Camera footage for SPD patrol officers that includes a comparison of the footage to the corresponding police report to check for accuracy. Further, the audit process shall review footage to determine if officers are implementing the concepts learned in their Implicit Bias and Procedural Justice training. The City will also implement a policy to provide audit results for Body Worn Camera footage to the public. The city will provide updates to Plaintiff every six months, for the first 36 months, including statistical data, compliance with mandatory training and audit results.
- The city will make changes concerning the use of force policy by all sworn SPD employees.
- The city will adopt a program of cultural immersion training for the Police Academy.
- The City will implement a program for tracking and reporting to the public statistics relating to citations issued to citizens for J-walking throughout the City. The City will audit the statistical data collected relating to J-walking citations to determine possible bias in enforcement. The statistics and audit results relating to the issuance of J-walking citations will be posted on a public forum. The City will track and report to the public statistics relating to J-walking citations for a period of 36 months.