RESULTS FOR THE PEOPLE
Most Recent Settlement:
$50,000 Clark V. Union City Police
Patrick Buelna was able to settle a claim against Union City Police for use of excessive force by allowing their dog to continue to bite his client even after he had surrendered.
Foster v. Vallejo
Largest Settlement from Vallejo Police Department
Vallejo Officer Ryan McMahon chased Ronell Foster into a dark alley to educate him on "bicycle safety" then shot him in the back and the back of the head several times.
Jaime v. County of Alameda
Alameda Sheriff Deputies violated internal policies and chained 20-year-old Christian Madrigal to a door in the midst of a medical crisis, and left him. Christian took his own life, shortly after.
Smith v. City of Oakland
"Planted Gun Case"
In 2008, Adante Pointer and his co-counsels proved to a jury that two highly decorated Oakland police officers planted an assault rifle on Torrey Smith to coerce him to testify against someone he did not know. After a trial in San Francisco federal court, Pointer and his colleague were able to prove the officers planted the gun. The jury awarded $5.8 million dollars in damages and another $200,000 in punitive damages to punish the officers for their crime. Inside Edition, an award-winning TV Show dedicated an episode to the legal victory!
Hernandez v. Sacramento
In 2019, Patrick Buelna and his co-counsels settled a case where they were able to prove City of Sacramento police officers piled on top of John Hernandez and asphyxiated him because he ran from police. The lack of oxygen caused Mr. Hernandez to suffer permanent brain damage. It stands as the largest settlement in the history of Sacramento for a police brutality case.
Nunez v. San Jose
In 2019, Adante Pointer and Patrick Buelna proved in federal court that two San Jose officers unlawfully shot and killed 18-year-old Anthony Nunez. Officers claimed Anthony pointed a gun at them prompting them to shoot him with their sniper rifles. The District Attorney investigated the office and determined the Officers were well within their rights to shoot and kill Anthony since he was holding a gun and threatening to kill himself. Pointer, Buelna and co-counsel were able to prove that Anthony was never pointing the gun at officers, despite the San Jose officers' testimony that he had.
Lam v. Los Banos
In 2018, Adante Pointer and his co-counsel proved that a Los Banos police officer shot Tan Lam in the midst of a mental health crisis. The officer testified that he had shot Tan Lam twice after he had stabbed him with a pair of scissors. At trial, Pointer was able to prove the officer suffered from PTSD and did not have a lawful bases to shoot Mr. Lam a second time after he had already mounded him. The jury awarded Pointer's client $2.65 millions dollars.
McIntyre v. Sacramento County
In 2020, Adante Pointer and his co-counsels settled a case for $1.725 million where Sacramento deputies shot and killed Mikel McIntyre when he was running from the police.
Pawlik v. Oakland
In 2020, Adante Pointer and his co-counsels settled a case for $1.4 million where Oakland officers shot and killed homeless, Joseph Pawlik. At the time, Joseph was sleeping and waken by officers with guns screaming at him. Pointer was able to secure this significant settlement early on in the case for the family.
Nelson v. Hayward
"I can't breathe"
In 2019, Adante Pointer, Patrick Buelna and his co-counsels settled a case for $1 million where Hayward police responded to a call to transport Roy Nelson, Sr. back to the psychiatric hospital.
Rather than simply transporting him to the hospital, Hayward officers piled on top of Roy Nelson, Sr. while he complained he couldn't breathe. Even after Roy Nelson, Sr. was handcuffed and shackled at the ankles, completely compliant officers refused to get off of him and asphyxiated him.
Pointer released the body cameras and a federal judge noted that no jury in America would side with the officers. Pointer faced meritless sanctions for the release of the body camera footage from the police officers, but then the police department settled the case.