We represented Chante Price on behalf of her 11-year-old son in a lawsuit against a D.C. police officer who slammed the boy’s head into a table in his school cafeteria, apparently because the boy was not paying attention. We filed our complaint in April 2013.
During discovery, the D.C. Office of Police Complaints refused to produce its file on the incident on the ground that it was protected by the “law enforcement privilege.” We moved to compel production, and in April 2014 the court ruled that we were entitled to the file. After discovery closed, the case was referred to mediation and settled for $15,000. Because the case was brought on behalf of a minor, we sought court approval of the settlement, which was granted in September 2014.