USC Students Who Sued LAPD Get $450,000 Settlement

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The Los Angeles City Council approved Wednesday a $450,000 settlement over a lawsuit local college students filed against LAPD officers alleging excessive use of force when officers came to shut down their party.

Six University of Southern California students sued over a raid that occurred in May 2013, reports the Los Angeles Times. In the lawsuit, some students alleged that LAPD officers assaulted, battered and falsely arrested some of the students at an off-campus party.

The lawsuit claimed that the police used racial bias because their party was predominantly black, and police let a predominantly white party continue on across the street.

In June, a jury sided with some of the students and found that some of the officers had used excessive force, acted with malice and did not have sufficient reason to arrest the students. The jury did not find that the officers used racial bias.

The city agreed to settle the case after the verdicts passed.

A neighbor called the police with a noise complaint. Around 2 a.m., LAPD officers showed up. The situation escalated when more officers came to the scene wearing riot gear. Police ended up arresting six people; police said two of them had to be treated for “minor abrasions.”

One police officer was hurt.

According to the Daily Trojan, more than 100 students had a sit in protest the Monday after police shut down the party. The Vice President for Student Affairs also said that the school would work with students to make sure they received “respectful treatment.”

“We understand their concern and are working closely with them, and commit ourselves to doing all we can to ensure respectful treatment of [students] at peaceful social gatherings,” Michael Jackson said in a statement.

The LAPD had an internal investigation to look into student complaints about the party. The LAPD said that the officers had already told the party’s hosts to shut down the party, but that it went back on.

“It was a party that got out of control, people were throwing things at the police, so we donned protective gear,” Capt. Andrew Neiman said to the Lost Angeles Times in 2013.

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