Motorcyclist awarded $180,000 after encounter with police
After viewing the video evidence from the dashcam and roughly four hours of deliberation, a jury found in favor of Wilkens' excessive force claim. The jury also determined that Captain Edwards acted with negligence when he rear-ended Wilkens' motorcycle, but did not violate Wilkens' rights when he pointed his weapon at Wilkens and used force to handcuff and pull the rider to his feet. Wilkens was awarded more than $180,000 in total damages, including $31,000 in economic damages to cover his medical expenses and repairs to his motorcycle, and nearly $50,000 in punitive damages. Minutes after U.S. Magistrate Judge Tom Coffin read the verdict, Wilkens told the Register-Guard, "I'm just happy as heck." Neither Captain Edwards nor his attorneys were able to give statements about the verdict.
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