Photojournalist Nicholas Stern was presenting his press credentials when officers fired on him for the first time.
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EDITORS & REPORTERS PRESS CONFERENCE (VIA ZOOM) 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 6th, 2021
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V. James DeSimone Law is proud to share the news that for the 5th Time (4 years in a row), principal Attorney James (“Jim”) has been honored as a Top 100 Super Lawyer for Southern California, across all practice areas. We are especially proud because our team achieved this as civil rights lawyers, remaining true to our ideals, representing the underdog and having truth and justice as our guide. We are still fighting the good fight and, indeed, there is still a lot of justice to be achieved. V. James DeSimone law continues to vigorously and compassionately advocate for our clients in police misconduct and excessive force cases, wrongful death, employment discrimination and harassment and personal, physical and emotional injury cases.
V. James DeSimone Law, represents 39-year-old Fahren James, a Black Lives Matter activist who was peacefully protesting May 30, 2020, during a George Floyd protest in Los Angeles. In response, the LAPD engaged in blatant police brutality by shooting her at point blank range with projectiles and hitting her repeatedly with a baton. The excessive force put Fahren in the hospital and left a permanent scar and hole in her stomach where metal fragments remain. V. James DeSimone Law held a press conference describing the police misconduct incident and the civil rights lawsuit to achieve justice for Ms. James.
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V. James DeSimone Law is representing 39-year-old Fahren James, a Black Lives Matter activist who was shot in the stomach and arm and hit repeatedly with a baton during a May 30, 2020, George Floyd protest in Los Angeles by Los Angeles police officers.
On May 30, 2020, Ms. James, an African American woman, gathered in West Hollywood to participate in a peaceful protest in a display of support for Black Lives Matter and the families and memory of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) deaths at the hands of law enforcement, in particular George Floyd.
According to Ms. James the LAPD officers at no time announced any order or command to her, nor were any general orders to disperse announced. She had turned away from the officers for a brief period of time when, without provocation, a female LAPD officer, struck her on her back with a baton. Ms. James turned toward the LAPD officer and asked why the officer struck her with the officer’s baton as she placed her arms in front of her to protect herself from further injury. The LAPD officer jabbed her in her torso and elbow with the baton multiple times. A male LAPD officer next to the female officer beating Ms. James with her baton held his gun that shot projectiles aimed at Ms. James. The male LAPD officer directly shot her twice from point-blank range with bullets that left metal fragments in her stomach. One shot struck Ms.James in the abdomen and another shot struck her under her left arm which she raised in vain to protect herself.
After shooting Ms. James, the officers provided no medical care or call for care for her as she stood on the sidewalk bleeding and bruised from the inflicted baton strikes and metal projectile blasts. She and other witnesses begged the officers to provide medical care or transportation to no avail. Ms. James’s injuries were so severe that she was hospitalized for several days. She continues to have metal fragments lodged in her stomach from the shots fired by the police officers along with noticeable scars.
Being “old school”, I read the Los Angeles Times newspaper every morning with my breakfast and coffee. While this legal battle is far from over, I will admit to getting a certain thrill in seeing the story and photo in the actual newspaper where it is today. We intend to get justice. LAPD, you can’t promote Officers who use excessive force and violate the constitutional rights of people and when you do, we will make you pay.
The Los Angeles Times highlights a legal battle against the LAPD where Jim DeSimone is fighting to have the City of Los Angeles and its Police Department held accountable for promoting its Officer after he was found to used excessive force and violated his client’s constitutional rights. Jim and his team won the underlying federal civil rights trial and achieved a nearly $900,000 civil rights judgment. The case exemplifies V. James DeSimone’s commitment to fighting police misconduct, police excessive force and for the respect of civil and constitutional rights.
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