Vallejo city has agreed to pay $300,000 to Adrian Burrell, a US Marine veteran, who filed an excessive force lawsuit after he was tackled by a police officer for filming a traffic stop back in 2019.
Officer David McLaughlin tackled Burrell in an attempt to stop him from filming him as he held a gun to a motorcycle rider in the driveway of Burrell’s home.
When McLaughlin saw Burrell filming, he ordered him to stop. Burrell refused and the officer approached him, and smashed his face into a wall before swinging him into a pole. McLaughlin cuffed Burrell so hard that his skin broke and his fingers went numb, according to the lawsuit.
In a statement issued through his lawyer, Burrell said that the settlement will be used to “seed the founding of a non-profit organization that will provide the families of individuals who are affected by police violence, and the survivors of community violence time and space to heal.”
We obtained a copy of the settlement agreement for you here.