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California Aleksandr Binkovich awarded $90K for excessive force by San Jose officer Bruce Barthelemy

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    Perp: Officer Bruce Barthelemy

    Victim: Aleksandr Binkovich

    Department: San Jose Police Department

    Location: San Jose, California

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    SJPD excessive force trial: Man awarded $90,000 for run-in with police at Hilton

    A federal jury Tuesday awarded a tech salesman $90,000 in an excessive force case that his lawyer claims reflects a shift in public opinion about police. "Juries are not giving San Jose police the benefit of the doubt anymore," said lawyer Anthony Boskovich, who represented the salesman, Aleksandr Binkovich. The officer in this case, Bruce Barthelemy, has been in at least two officer-involved shootings in the past few years ...

    According to Binkovich, Barthelemy confronted him as he was coming out of the elevator into the lobby. A former Russian Jew accustomed to the totalitarian Soviet regime, Binkovich said he immediately put up his hands. But Barthelemy grabbed his shoulder without saying anything, and when Binkovich tried to shake off his hand and demanded the officer not touch him, Barthelemy put him in a wrist lock. With the help of another cop, they kicked his legs out from under him. Binkovich fell down face-forward, injuring his nose. In the course of the fall, Binkovich lost his father's wedding ring, which he had worn on a neck chain ever since his death in 2007. The lawyer, Boskovich, said a juror told him after the verdict that the jury believed the officer had provoked the confrontation by failing to warn Binkovich.​

    http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25663090/excessive-force-jury-awards-san-jose-man-90
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