Hells Angels Get 990K For Dead Dogs

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Postby Purple » February 7th, 2006, 9:57 pm

Hells Angels get $990 K for dead dogs
Guard dogs shot during 1998 police raids

Tuesday, February 7, 2006; Posted: 11:06 a.m. EST (16:06 GMT)

SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- A California county will pay nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club after police shot and killed three guard dogs during raids of the group's headquarters and suspected members' homes.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the $990,000 settlement in a closed session Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The decision came two months after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the county's arguments that sheriff's deputies should be immune from liability in the case.

The San Jose Police Department also was named in the suit because its officers shot the dogs, but the city hasn't worked out an agreement with club members. City Attorney Rick Doyle told the paper the case may go to trial.

Lower court judges ruled that actions of the deputies and San Jose police officers during the January 1998 were unreasonable, most of the evidence obtained was unnecessary and the officers did nothing to avoid killing the animals.

A lawyer for club members says a lot of property was destroyed in the raids and some evidence was kept for more than a year.

Ninety officers raided the club's San Jose headquarters and nine homes of suspected members to gather evidence against suspected member Steve Tausan who was being held on murder charges in connection with an August 1997 killing at a strip club.

Tausan was acquitted of all counts in 1999 after arguing the killing was in self-defense.

The settlement with the county includes $530,000 in attorney's fees and $460,000 to be divided among 15 people including eight current or former Hells Angels members, six spouses or significant others and one friend of a member.

Officers from the cities of Santa Clara and Gilroy also were involved in the raids, and those cities settled their cases several years ago for a total of less than $50,000, the plaintiffs' lawyer told the Chronicle.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press
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Postby mnp13 » February 7th, 2006, 10:14 pm

ok, that's just stupid.

dog rushes cop during police raid or other dangerous job function = dead dog

it's really not all that complicated.
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Postby Romanwild » February 7th, 2006, 10:57 pm

The MAN is trying to keep them down man! They're just a motorcycle club man! :rant:
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » February 8th, 2006, 11:50 am

Our girl Jasmine had a close call with some cops one night. She's OBSESSED with flashlights (gets really excited and tries to chase the light around the room)... well, cops carry flashlights. We had to thouroughly explain- very quickly- why our dog was acting so spazzy. He considered her behavior to be "manacing". We were very lucky he didn't instinctively just shoot her. Scary. :(
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Postby Miles » February 8th, 2006, 5:36 pm

I thought the Hells Angels where just a motorcycle club now days.... They used to be bad but I don't think they are anymore... Am I misinformed?
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Postby Marinepits » February 8th, 2006, 7:27 pm

Miles wrote:I thought the Hells Angels where just a motorcycle club now days.... They used to be bad but I don't think they are anymore... Am I misinformed?


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Postby Miles » February 8th, 2006, 8:37 pm

I always say as long as the dope heads mind their own business and stay off the roads leave them alone...
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Postby Purple » February 8th, 2006, 8:39 pm

Miles wrote:I always say as long as the dope heads mind their own business and stay off the roads leave them alone...


LMAO!!!! :ROFL2:
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