PORTLAND (AP) — The city of Portland agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by three parties upset with a 2004 raid on a Gypsy Joker motorcycle clubhouse.
Police had arrest warrants for two men who were wanted in a series of home-invasion robberies. The suit charged that police used a battering ram and fired tear gas rockets into the clubhouse, despite the fact that the door was unlocked and that there was no resistance from people inside. The wanted men weren’t there, but according to the lawsuit, police held club member Patrick Murphy in handcuffs for five hours without charging him, injured a woman’s foot in the raid and damaged the clubhouse.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court by Murphy, Suzanne Miller, the injured woman, and Tomorrow RUS Today, the company that owns the clubhouse building.