Jury rules for Portland Police in brutality trial

Harty police-force case
This dashcam footage shows Morgan Harty, 23, being stopped by Portland police in September 2011. She later filed an excessive force case against the Portland Police Bureau for a broken wrist she suffered during her apprehension. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Multnomah County jury has found the Portland Police Bureau did not use excessive force in a 2011 excessive force case.

In that case an officer broke a woman’s wrist during a traffic stop.

Morgan Harty, 23, was stopped in September 2011.

“I know my rights!” she can be heard saying on dash-cam footage.

The entire confrontation was recorded on police video. Her attorney said officers pulled her over for not having her seat belt on, and she refused to do a field sobriety test, so they are arrested her.

Her wrist was broken as officers restrained her outside her car. 

Officers broke her arm, took her to jail, and after she blew a .03, she was released with a seatbelt ticket,” according to Harty’s attorney. “She has a permanent malunion of her ulna, and PTSD.”

Harty’s .03 reading is within the legal BOC limit. Portland officers then cited her on a charge of not wearing a seat belt. Harty responded with “a single claim for Battery,” her attorney Jason Kafoury told KOIN 6 News.

“We are shocked,” Kafoury said. “I am not sure how, when you watch the video, you do not see excessive force.”

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