- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The state could end up paying more than $500,000 to settle an excessive force case brought by a Eugene motorcyclist who was kicked in the chest by an Oregon State Police trooper in 2012.

The Register-Guard reports (https://goo.gl/nGekSS ) that lawyers representing Justin Wilkens filed documents on Tuesday asking a judge to award them more than $343,000 in legal fees. Wilkens was awarded more than $181,000 last month when a federal jury ruled that Capt. Rob Edwards violated Wilkens’ rights by kicking him.

Video of the incident shows Edwards, who was in an unmarked police car, pursuing Wilkens and then rear-ending his motorcycle. He can then be seen pointing a gun at Wilkens and kicking him in the chest.

The jury also determined Edwards was negligent for crashing into Wilkens.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com


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