Saturday, November 16, 2013

Police Murder Cover-up Settled: $1.7m

Jerry Amaro, III
  
CONGRATULATIONS to attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin for successfully representing the mother and sister of Jerry Amaro III, 35. Amaro died a month after he was brutally beaten by police officers. Amaro's mother, Geraldine Montoya, and his sister, Stephanie Montoya, both of San Leandro, sued the Oakland Police Department regarding Amaro's wrongful death. The coroner's office reported that Amaro died of pneumonia caused by fractured ribs in April 2000. The city asked the courts to dismiss the Montoya's lawsuit, saying the statute of limitations had expired. However, the courts ruled that the lawsuit would have been filed timely if the police had not initiated a cover-up. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

2. The city of Oakland agreed Tuesday to pay $1.7 million to the family of a man who died after being arrested by Oakland police officers in 2000, a case that a federal appeals court said led to misrepresentations and stonewalling by the Police Department. During the arrest, several officers, including now-Capt. Ed Poulson, used excessive force, breaking five of Amaro's ribs and lacerating his left lung, said the family's suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

3. In July, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco concluded that a homicide sergeant had withheld critical facts that could have substantiated the family's belief that Amaro [died of injuries sustained during his police beatdown]. Geraldine Montoya said the sergeant had told her that Amaro had "died in the street" following a gang dispute over drugs.

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4. CONGRATULATIONS to the Montoya family and their attorneys on this legal victory. Congratulations to justices in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for their righteous judgement!

5.   John L. Burris formed the Law Offices of John L. Burris in 1985, after several years in private practice with the firm Harris, Alexander, and Burris in Oakland, California. He earned a law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall and MBA from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business. He is best known for his work in the area of plaintiff's civil rights over the last 25 plus years and as a legal analyst on Fox, MSNBC, Court TV, CNN and many local television and radio stations. His primary areas of focus for his practice include cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and criminal defense. His initial participation with police misconduct issues occurred in April 1979 when he was hired by the Mayor and the City Council of Oakland to conduct an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of 15-year-old Melvin Black and the entry into the Oakland office of the NAACP by Oakland police officers. He is the author of the book "BLUE vs. BLACK: Let's End the Conflict between Police and Minorities." John Burris has offices at 7677 Oakport St, Oakland, CA 94621. Phone (510) 839-5200. He his online contact form http://www.johnburrislaw.com/CM/Custom/Contact.asp

6.   Jim Chanin is a nationally prominent attorney who specializes in Civil Rights, Police Misconduct, Personal Injury and Business Litigation. Jim Chanin’s interest in police misconduct began over thirty-five years ago when he was part of a group that successfully established a Police Review Commission (PRC) for the City of Berkeley. He served on the first Commission starting in 1973 and was twice elected Chairperson of the Commission. He helped establish the PRC’s complaint procedures and assisted in crafting several important policy decisions relating to the Hostage Negotiation Team, Mutual Aid and the meaningful integration of the Berkeley Police Department. Mr. Chanin’s growing interest in civil rights and police issues led him to pursue a legal career and he became a lawyer in 1977. Less than two months later, he began representing a variety of clients including victims of civil rights abuse and police misconduct, as well as a variety of people injured by automobile driver negligence and other negligent conduct by third parties. Contact him at The Law Offices of James B. Chanin, Esq., 3050 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705. Phone 510-848-4752 ext.2. Email him at info@jimchanin.com


7.   THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY 

8.   Jerry Amaro's family was able to prevail in court because it was proved that police misconduct (withholding information about the cause of Amaro's death) prevented the family from filing lawsuit timely. In the case of the secret arrest and wrongful death of Larry Neal, my mentally, physically disabled brother, no lawsuit was filed timely because of collusion to defraud Larry's family by The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm and Memphis Shelby County Jail/Government in 2003. The demonic attorneys used U.S. Mail fraud to lie to my family about a nonexistent wrongful death case regarding Larry Neal's kidnapping by police and his murder by means that have never been disclosed to his survivors. Police refused to divulge information about Larry's secret arrest and death, and the Shelby County Attorney refused to answer a federal subpoena for records and information.

9.   The managing partner of the Memphis office of The Cochran Firm in Memphis, Julian Bolton, was himself a long-standing member of the Shelby County Commission, which owns and operates the jail where Larry was secretly incarcerated for 18 days and killed. Therefore, The Cochran Firm signed contract to represent the Neals with no intention of actually bringing suit against Shelby County Jail for wrongful death nor against the State of Tennessee and Larry's final care home for negligence. The unethical lawyers kept hope alive until the end of Tennessee's statute of limitations, then confessed their conflict of interest and their inactivity on our cases. Hopefully, since police withholding information on Amaro's cause of death was sufficient reason to extend the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Oakland Police Department, the conspiracy to cover-up Larry's death in custody and deny due process of law will also be considered sufficient reason to allow the Neals to proceed with a long overdue lawsuit against Shelby County Jail/Government. 


10.  Maybe that is why this writer has been censored, stalked, and terrorized for years. Before reading this article, I believed the Neals would need to file lawsuit against The Cochran Firm and Shelby County Government, et al. under the RICO Act, which has a significantly longer statute of limitations than personal injury cases do. See in this "Legal Victories" blog an article announcing that RICO Act lawsuits against police departments were ruled permissible by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess, entitled "RICO Lawsuits OK Against Racketeering Police"
http://legalvictories.blogspot.com/2013/10/rico-lawsuits-ok-against-racketeering.html


11.  This would be much more exciting news if every court was as honest as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco was in the Amaro case. However, Larry Neal was murdered in Tennessee, the state where the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms hosted its whites-only annual event, the "Good Ol' Boys Roundup," where vendors sold "Federal Licenses to Kill Niggers" until 1996. My mother and I live in Georgia, a state where some high school children went to racially segregated proms as late as 2011, and where a federal judge dismissed our lawsuit against The Cochran Firm frauds, ruling that the lawyers' fraud against the Neals was "immaterial" (because as an African American psychiatric patient, Larry was "immaterial").

12.  Read the entire San Francisco Chronicle article about the Jerry Amaro case:
"Oakland to pay $1.7 million to Jerry Amaro family"  
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-to-pay-1-7-million-to-Jerry-Amaro-family-2326180.php
by Henry K. Lee at hlee@sfchronicle.com.




"Nigger Hunting License" sold at "The Good Ol' Boys Roundup," 
an event sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms 

Paragraph 1 repeated (or stalkers may code this article to skip it on cellphone view. Four urls, three email links, twelve numbered paragraphs, five photos (with descriptions) are in this article).CONGRATULATIONS to attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin for successfully representing the mother and sister of Jerry Amaro III, 35. Amaro died a month after he was brutally beaten by police officers. Amaro's mother, Geraldine Montoya, and his sister, Stephanie Montoya, both of San Leandro, sued the Oakland Police Department regarding Amaro's wrongful death. The coroner's office reported that Amaro died of pneumonia caused by fractured ribs in April 2000. The city asked the courts to dismiss the Montoya's lawsuit, saying the statute of limitations had expired. However, the courts ruled that the lawsuit would have been filed timely if the police had not initiated a cover-up. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:



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3 comments:

  1. I think I will read this article aloud on the "Human Rights for Prisoners March" radio broadcast on Monday, Nov. 18. More families may think their loved ones' murders are beyond the statute of limitations, although cover-ups are common among police officers and correctional personnel. This is a terrific legal victory! Thanks Mr. Burris and Mr. Chanin and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Condolences to the family of Jerry Amaro, III. Congratulations on persevering throughout your legal ordeal. Blessings!

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  3. wow. and some people are so blind to what`s really going on out here.

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