Skip to comments.‘Open carry’ gun lawsuit against Warren settled(MI)
Posted on 08/04/2012 6:31:28 PM PDT by marktwain
The Warren resident who claims four of the citys police officers violated his constitutional rights to openly carry a firearm has settled his lawsuit against the city.
Haman, 54, sued Warren last year in U.S. District Court and initially sought a $100,000 judgment and $500,000 in punitive or exemplary damages. He recently agreed to accept $5,000. More importantly, he said, the citys police officers will undergo training about open carry practices.
On Aug. 25, 2009, Haman was walking from a local drug store on 12 Mile at Hoover roads with his semi-automatic pistol holstered at his waist, when a patrolman drove up to him quickly. Haman said the officer pointed a pistol at him through an open passenger window and then came to a stop. Haman said he immediately raised his hands.
The Warren man was ordered to lie on his stomach, hands stretched to his sides. He was handcuffed and three additional officers in two patrol cars arrived. Haman said that when he asked officers why he was stopped, one pointed out that he was walking down the street with a gun.
Haman said he was legally practicing open carry.
Police took his .45-caliber handgun and ammunition, and asked if he had documentation for the weapon. Haman said he showed a purchase receipt and a concealed-weapon permit, which is not required for open carry.
In a police video of the incident, an officer is heard telling Haman: You should at least call us and tell us what youre doing. Walking around like this is just going to get you hurt somehow.
Youre just asking for trouble, brother.
LEOs should know what Constitutional rights entail. If they don’t they should voluntarily go on unpaid leave until they do know.
The time for settling these lawsuits is over. Until a few street cops are bankrupted by Civil Rights lawsuits and judgements against them this crap will continue to happen..
Have these flat-foot thugs with badges held personally liable. Maybe when their kids are living in cardboard boxes under bridges, the word will get around.
“the citys police officers will undergo training about open carry practices.”
I think they need “sensitivity” and “embracing diversity” training.
I think he settled for far too little.
The city is never even going to notice $5000, and the training requirement will be a joke.
Should have held out for $15k from the city, $1000 each for the cops involved and a judicially appointed monitor for the training program.
Well said. They are loathsome filth. And they’re fat and stupid. And they’re unionized welfare begging trash. I think that covers most of it.
Pigs are not known for their brains. Mostly they wallow in their own filth.
Far too many LEOs are akin to Obama and other leftists - they don't give a squat about Constitutional Rights because their opinions should supercede all...
the citys police officers will undergo training about open carry practices.
I bet if the city had to fork over $600,000 their cops would have gotten training about how not to make the city liable again.