The Enterprise Report has learned that a civil lawsuit alleging abuse and excessive force by Orange County California Sheriff's Department deputies in the 2008 DUI arrest of former NFL and MLB player Josh Booty has been settled. Complete terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
The suit brought by Booty, first reported by TER in August of 2009 sought unspecified damages for what Booty claims was excessive force used on him by jail deputies when they physically subdued and tasered him inside the O.C. jail after an arrest on DUI charges. Booty was later convicted on the DUI charges and continues to be sought by authorities on a bench warrant related to the DUI conviction.
Booty's attorney Tariq Hasan of Los Angeles released an 11-page statement regarding the case exclusively to TER prior to the settlement. You can read the full statement by clicking on the above link.
The case has drawn little mainstream media attention after the initial arrest. The Booty case is one of many involving alleged prisoner abuse at the O.C. Jail which are being investigated in an ongoing U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation. The Federal investigation began over a year ago is looking into incidences at the Orange County jail and the Sheriff's Department's handing of prisoners.
Other cases at the jail, including the death of a prisoner which spawned a Grand Jury investigation and another incident that the County settled and approved the payment of a $750-thousand dollars in another case alleged prisoner abuse case earlier this year have highlighted the issue.
Booty's lawyer Hasan declined to discuss the details of the settlement with TER, but Booty himself told TER that he has been instructed by his attorney not to comment publicly at this time about the case. TER spoke exclusively and extensively with Booty previously about the incident.