Sacramento arrests wrong man on child porn charges – taxpayers nailed for $5 million

The City of Sacramento’s legacy of incompetence and corruption hits a new low.

A Los Angeles man charged in an Internet child-sex-abuse case in 2011 and held for six months before the charges were dismissed has won a $5 million civil suit against the city of Sacramento and its police department, the man’s attorney said Monday.

The jury verdict in federal court in Los Angeles came after a five-day trial in a case in which attorney Jeff Dominic Price accused the police of fabricating evidence, malicious prosecution and violating his client’s civil rights.

“I asked for $100,000 for the arrest and for the first few days in custody, and then I asked for them to award many, many times that for the rest of the incarceration,” said Price, a Santa Monica attorney who said the jury came back after about six hours with an award of $5,005,000.

Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez said city officials disagreed with the verdict and might contest it in court.

“We are disappointed in the verdict and believe there is no reasonable basis for the size of the damage award,” Sanchez said. “We are reviewing all our options including appeal of the decision.”

Price said the case stemmed from a case of mistaken identity and actions by police that missed obvious signs there was a problem with their case.

Read the whole story in the Sacramento Bee

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