A man hospitalized by a San Francisco police officer after walking out of a grocery store with a beer he didn’t pay for has reached a tentative settlement with The City, his attorney said.
The $71,000 settlement, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors, includes $26,000 in medical bills that Kevin Woodson incurred when he received treatment for a fractured wrist and knee after the altercation, according to lawyer Panos Lagos.
The scuffle occurred after a clerk failed to extend Woodson 20 cents of credit for a beer, although Woodson had previously had an informal credit system at the store, Lagos said. So Woodson angrily threw some papers off the countertop and walked out with the beer, the lawyer said.
Officer Adam Eatia then drove his police car to where Woodson was standing with a friend at 1700 Eddy St. and shouted at them to “hold it,” the lawsuit alleged. Eatia approached the men on foot and Woodson put his hands up “in a surrender fashion while stating, ‘I surrender,’” the lawsuit alleged. Then the officer began hitting Woodson’s knee and wrist with a billy club, according to the lawsuit.
Two witnesses backed up Woodson’s account, Lagos said. The attorney also requested video surveillance footage from a city crime camera, but it did not capture the incident.
Lagos said his client is doing better since the incident, which cost him his part-time janitorial job.
The City Attorney’s Office declined to comment.