Just to clarify, when I said the amount asked for was "unusually(?) high," I was referring to that as a reason for the case getting a lot of attention outside of Ohio. The question mark was my admission that I really have no idea if it was high or not, "unusually" or otherwise, but what I really want to impress is that I couldn't care any less if it was a high request or not. The $25K is just as "acceptable" to me as 10 times the asking amount would've been, assuming of course, that Mr. Call and whatever attorneys or OC or more generalized gun rights advocacy organizations he may be associated with find it acceptable (without quotation marks! HA!).I know that Roy appreciated all the support.
You must understand that the amount asked for in the original complaint is usually window dressing. And the amount asked for and what is settled for truly have no correlation.
In the grand scheme of things this was a nice settlement, dollar and cent wise.
The point of this suit was to shine the bright light on Riverside's crooked cop(s). And to force them into a training program.
Now the crooked cop Jones will have to figure out how to harass other unsuspecting citizens without getting caught.
One of the problems for Riverside is they know that Jones is a liability, not an asset.
And one last thing. The attorney Roy chose has a number of successes in gun cases. I personally believe that picking the right attorney is 80% of the fight.
I don't know if or how much you guys followed the attention away from Ohio-specific sites or sub-forums like this one, but there was a disgusting amount of criticism leveled by other gun owners/so-called 2A "advocates" towards Mr. Call for both the amount of the suit and the way he handled himself during the initial stop. Me, personally, I'm thrilled to death that he saw the thing through to a positive conclusion no matter how much the dollar amount was. I will never get the "Shhh!! Don't exercise your rights out in the open in front of God and everybody!" crowd. Kudos to him for not listening to them, and for forcing Riverside to at least address the lawless "law enforcers" among them.