Docket No. L.A. 30772.

22 Cal.3d 126 (1978)

583 P.2d 711

148 Cal. Rptr. 857

OSWALD DAWKINS, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. CITY OF LOS ANGELES et al., Defendants and Appellants.

Supreme Court of California.

September 15, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Burt Pines, City Attorney, John T. Neville, Thomas C. Hokinson, Assistant City Attorneys, and Daniel U. Smith, Deputy City Attorney, for Defendants and Appellants.

D. Lowell Jensen, District Attorney (Alameda), John J. Meehan, Assistant District Attorney, William M. Baldwin and Wm. McKinstry, Deputy District Attorneys, as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Appellants.

Godfrey Isaac and Lawrence Jay Kraines for Plaintiff and Respondent.



Plaintiff brought an action against the City of Los Angeles and two of its police officers for false imprisonment and assault and battery. A jury found in his favor, and awarded him $100,000 in compensatory damages against the city and $5 against each police officer as punitive damages. On this appeal from the ensuing judgment, defendants contend that the trial court erred...

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