The city of Sacramento, California has tentatively settled a lawsuit with a man who was brutally assaulted by a police officer in April, 2017 after he jay walked.
Attorney John Burris said that Nandi Cain Jr., 25, agreed to settle his claim for police reforms and a $550,000 payment, but neither party has signed the agreement yet, reported The Sacramento Bee.
The city’s mayor, Darrell Steinberg, said they are willing to change in an effort to stop these ridiculous attacks from happening.
“Our city is fully committed to transparency and changing training, protocols and procedures to make sure these unacceptable incidents don’t occur,” said Steinberg.
Burris said the most important part of the settlement to Cain was the series of police reforms, training and data collection that the department agreed to implement.
Sacramento police released additional videos on Thursday of the jaywalking incident that lead to an officer punching Cain in the head approximately 18 times. After being beaten, handcuffed, and put in the back of a police car when he just wanted to walk home from work, Cain lamented his life.
According to SacBee, the changes the police department will have to make include a random audit process for body-worn camera footage. This is to ensure officers’ reports actually match what happened, and to confirm officers are using implicit bias and procedural justice training in the field.
The results of the audits will be made public, as well as reported to Cain every 6 months for the first 3 years of the process.
The city will also have to to track and report jaywalking citations, as well as change its use-of-force policy. The details of the policy changes are not yet available.
The abusive officer, Anthony Figueroa, is also not allowed to work as a patrol officer in Del Paso Heights, where the incident occurred, until 2020. The officer also has to complete implicit bias training.
All officers in the department will be required to participate in scenario-based implicit bias and procedural justice training, and all recruits in the academy will now have cultural immersion training.
Burris was surprised that the police department did not really fight the changes.
“The most important thing is there was no significant pushback on the part of the department … They were very receptive to what we wanted to get done,” said Burris. “I found it refreshing.”
The incident occurred April 10, 2017, when Cain was walking home from work. Figueroa stopped him for jaywalking, which led to a verbal altercation.
Figueroa threw Cain to the ground and punched him in the head about 18 times and arrested him.