OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge in Northern California is ordering the city of Oakland to pay about $1 million in attorneys’ fees to a former leader of the Black Panthers who was injured after an Oakland councilwoman punched and pushed her.
Alameda County jury in January awarded more than $4 million in punitive damages to Elaine Brown in a civil lawsuit she filed against the city and Oakland councilwoman Desley Brooks.
The jury found Brooks shoved Brown inside a restaurant during an argument over housing causing her to fall and injure her shoulder.
Jurors said the former Black Panther leader, who was 72-year-old at the time of the assault, was the victim of elder abuse and battery.
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The East Bay Times reports the ruling on attorneys’ fees comes days after the city filed a motion for a new trial.