Gus Ganley Wins $70,000 Settlement Resulting From August 2007 Critical Mass
Another legal victory! The Minneapolis City Council Ways & Means Committee has just approved a $70,800 settlement in a case filed by Gus Ganley and his attorney, Jordan Kushner, resulting from the August 31, 2007 Critical Mass ride.
That was the Critical Mass ride one year before the RNC, which the Minneapolis Police decided to use as a test case, beating, arresting, tasering, and macing a number of the participants for no cause. Gus was among those arrested, maced and abused. He was held overnight and eventually charged with assaulting a police officer and obstructing the legal process using force - both gross misdemeanors - and fleeing a police officer, a misdemeanor. On April 14, 2008 he was acquitted of all charges, after a one week trial and five minutes of jury deliberation. Videos and testimony showed that the cop who arrested him was lying.
Gus filed suit. After some legal maneuvering, the city agreed to settle for $70,800, $35,000 of which covers legal fees from his criminal case. The payment was approved in the committee meeting this afternoon (Monday, January 11). It goes to the full City Council for final approval this Friday, but that is just a formality.
For a reminder on the background of this case, and the political implications of the Critical Mass ride that led to it, these are two good articles:
http://tinyurl.com/ydva3xc (Critical Mass Arrestee Support page)
http://tinyurl.com/3v4k7v (Daily Planet article after criminal trial)
Fox news has just published an article:
And here is the city's version of the story, from the City Council document:
Congratulations, Gus and Jordan!! And also to everyone who supported Gus for over two years, and to all those who participated in that Critical Mass ride.