Can you say "police union?"It seems to me that 'we' got off cheaply. If I was on a jury I would have added a zero or two to the settlement. His lawyers sold him out for a sure thing and a quick check.
It has more to do with qualified immunity and exclusive remedies. Sovereign immunity is waived only in the most egregious of cases, damages are limited, lawyer fees limited, and there are many exemptions. The heightened pleading requirements make it very difficult to sue a police officer directly, and you can't demand his badge. The union will help protect them from disciplinary action, but the department officials are the ones who will decide on it. If they had a reasonable belief the guy was dangerous, nothing will happen to them.
We were not present of course but from the video it looks like a routine traffic stop. Full disclosure: I made literally hundreds of them. The drawn gun and kicking of the window are WAY out of line and it goes down hill from there.At least the citizen survived this event. Check out THIS tragedy where the citizen was not so fortunate. I would be willing to wager the shooter was a diminutive female deputy, hence the "feeling threatened" baloney. Much of this shit is the result of affirmative action hiring practices.
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