Elaine Brown, the former Black Panther, has recently come into $3.75 million in damages from the city of Oakland, courtesy of Councilwoman Desley Brooks.
The sum was awarded to Brown after the two got into an argument and physical altercation at a downtown restaurant.
After just a day of deliberation, the Alameda County Superior Court agreed with Brown with every issue of the case, that Brooks attacked her without justification, Brown never threatened her and the assault of Brown represented elder abuse.
The amount covers damages for pain and suffering. The jury will meet next month to consider additional punitive damages.
Brown said she “is very grateful for the jury verdict because it’s going to protect the elderly.”
Because Brooks was fulfilling her duties as a city employee, the city will be held responsible for the damages.
According to the San Francisco Gate, “Brown said Brooks followed her to another part of the restaurant and, after more arguing, told her “I have not moved on you before because you’re old,” shouted a profanity and punched her in the chest with both fists, sending her sprawling over a stack of chairs onto the floor on the back of her head and shoulders.”
As a result, Brown was hospitalized, suffered bruises and a torn rotator cuff. Brooks testified that Brown poked her but a jury decided that she was in new imminent danger.
Brown was awarded $2.4 million for past pain and suffering and $1.375 million for future suffering.
Criminal charges against Brooks have not been filed.