Woman given £5 million settlement after police without warrant broke her leg

Women given £5 million settlement after police without warrant broke her leg

Police tried to enter the woman's home (Stock image)

Friday, September 29, 2017

A woman is to be given a $6.7 million (£5 million) settlement from the city of Santa Clara, as her leg was broken when police tried to enter her home without a warrant.

At the time Danielle Burfine was trying to stop the officers, who wanted to arrest her daughter, from going into her house, according to CBS News.

However during the clash she ended up on the ground and hit her leg on a stone pillar. There is a disagreement over whether she fell or was pushed.

The woman's attorney said the incident not only broke Burfine's leg but also left her with a chronic pain condition.

After the incident police did manage to arrest her daughter and later she was convicted of arson.

However, Santa Clara Police Chief Mike Sellers told CBS San Francisco that the police officers acted correctly at the time.

He said "I'm extremely disappointed in the city's outside insurance company for settling" and added that he thinks a court would've found "my officers acted in good faith, within policy and within the law."

He added that a video of the matter had a crucial part missing and it seemed convenient that it stopped where it did.