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Police Beating Results in 1.7 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Settlement

On March 23, 2000, Jerry Amaro, age 36, was beaten to death by officers of the Oakland Police Department during a drug arrest sting. Recently, his family settled their case against the City of Oakland for $1.7 million dollars. The cause of his death on October 21, 2000, was pneumonia, which resulted from multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung, which he received during the beating.

Amaro spent five days in jail. During his incarceration, he requested medical assistance. His requests were initially ignored, but he eventually saw a doctor for his injuries.

Investigation Finds Amaro Was Severely Beaten

After Amaro’s death, an investigation was conducted with regard to the incident. Investigators found that Amaro was “severely injured during his arrest”. The investigation also found five police officers had used “some form of physical force” on Amaro without a valid reason for this use of force or mentioning this use of force in their police report.

The 1.7 million dollars received by Amaro’s family is insufficient for the loss of his life, given the especially heinous treatment he received.

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