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Date: 10-20-2005

Case Style: Patrick Fearing and Melody Fearing v. St. Paul Police Department, et al.

Case Number: 0:02-cv-04744-ADM-JSM

Judge: Ann D Montgomery

Court: United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Ramsey County

Plaintiff's Attorney:

Jill Clark of Jill Clark, P.A., Golden Valley, Minnesota

Defendant's Attorney:

Meghan L. Riley, St. Paul City Attorney's Office, St. Paul, Minnesota


Patrick Fearing and Melody Fearing sued St. Paul Police Department, Jason Bain and David Stokes for the injuries and damages that they sustained as a direct result of Officers Bain and Stokes using excessive force in violation of 42 U.S.C. 1983 and Fearing's constitutional rights on New Year's Eve 2001. The officers responded to a call that Fearing was shooting off fireworks in his backyard. The Fearings claimed that the officers beat Mr. Fearing without just cause.

Outcome: Settled for $115,000 after a jury found in favor of the Fearings for $57,000 in July of 2005.

Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown

Defendant's Experts: Unknown

Comments: None

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