Bicyclist Loses Case Against City For Police Officer’s Conduct

Stiffler v. City of Portland, Multnomah County Case No. 1307-10701

Plaintiff was riding his bicycle in the area of 2nd and Couch when he alleges that a police officer pulled him off the bike and onto the ground causing him injury. He alleged injuries including a fractured clavicle and soft tissue injuries. Plaintiff sought $125,000 in non-economic damages, $615.83 in medical bills, $16,392.00 in future medical bills, and $13,616.92 in future wage losses.

Defendant alleged that the officer was patrolling an area closed to bicycle traffic when plaintiff illegally entered the area and ran into the officer. Defendant further claimed that any other contact was a permissible use of force in taking the plaintiff into custody for disorderly conduct.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Greg Kafoury

Defense Counsel – James Rice

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date- September 11, 2014

September 10, 2014

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