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NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan woman was awarded over $400,000 on Friday by a federal jury after suing New York City and its police department, saying she suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was thrown to the ground by a police sergeant while serving as a medic for protesters during 2012 Occupy Wall Street events.

Mary Tardif, 33, won the $431,250 award nearly a decade after suing in 2013. She had sought unspecified damages for injuries she incurred as a medic for protesters at multiple rallies staged by the grassroots movement that began in Manhattan, spread globally, and was known for its refrain: “We are the 99 percent.”

In an interview, Tardif called the verdict “very vindicating.”

“I feel like I have actually known justice for the first time,” said Tardif, who works at Broadway Advocacy Coalition where she does sign language interpreting for Broadway shows and serves as a disability adviser.

Tardif, who has had epilepsy since she was 19, said she considered the verdict, which found “battery” had occurred but no assault, a win for those “occupiers who never got to see this day or never got to have their day in court.”

“It feels like a win for all of us. I wish I could share it with them. There were so many,” she said, speaking of others who were injured at rallies, as she celebrated at a restaurant near the courthouse with her service dog, Daisy, a black Labrador Retriever who was with Tardif throughout the trial but was hidden from jurors.

Nick Paolucci, a New York City Law Department spokesperson, said the city was “disappointed with this result” and was reviewing options.

He noted that a jury in 2018 had rejected the claims before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan reinstated the case, citing flaws in the first trial.

Paolucci said Tardif “was never thrown to the ground, as she claimed. Additionally, and unfortunately, the jury was not aware that the plaintiff had introduced new injuries at this second trial that were never alleged in the initial case.”

During opening statements, city attorney Michael Viviano said a police sergeant who has since been promoted to lieutenant grabbed onto Tardif’s arms on March 21, 2012, and moved her away as police were clearing a park in Union Square because she had put her hands on a police officer’s back.

“The plaintiff then falls to the ground. The plaintiff was not thrown,” he said.

Reza Rezvani, an attorney arguing on Tardif’s behalf, told jurors in an opening statement that the sergeant grabbed her with both of his hands.

“He throws her to the ground. Her head hits the pavement,” he said.

Tardif maintained in her 2013 lawsuit that her epileptic condition was often ignored after she suffered violent abuses from police officers who arrested her at several protests while she served as a medic. The lawsuit said they kicked her, walked on her limbs and tossed her to the ground.

According to trial evidence and Tardif’s statements, the violent encounter at Union Square caused her head to slam into the ground with such force that she was left with a permanent brain injury that leaves her unable to work except for a job where she has flexible hours and can sometimes call in sick when she is completely immobile.

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Getty Aqib Talib's brother is wanted on murder charges in the shooting of a youth football coach in Texas that was caught on video.

Former NFL star Aqib Talib’s brother is wanted on murder charges in Texas after a youth football coach was shot during an argument caught on video, authorities say. Yaqub Talib is accused of shooting the coach during a game in Lancaster on Saturday, August 13, 2022, police said in a press release.

A video of the fight and shooting has been shared on social media. According to the Lancaster Police press release, Yaqub Talib remained at large as of Sunday afternoon. The victim has not been officially identified by police. Police said the shooting happened after an argument started between coaches and officials.

Aqib Talib played in the NFL from 2008 to 2019 after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 draft. The cornerback also played for the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams and Miami Dolphins and the 5-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion now works as a commentator for Fox Sports. Aqib Talib has not commented about the incident involving his brother.

The Video Shows a Fight on the Youth Football Field Followed by Several Gunshots

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Lancaster Rec/#PeeWee field#Lancaster,Tx, with one person shot, condition unknown #breakingnews

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The video posted to social media of the incident shows a coach arguing with a referee. The camera then turns toward a group of adults fighting on the field. Several shots, at least four, can then be heard and someone yells, “Get down.” Screencaps of live videos posted by Other Side Dallas show the victim receiving first aid on the field and then being rushed away on a stretcher.

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According to Lancaster Police, the shooting happened on August 13 at about 8:50 p.m. Officers were dispatched to multiple calls at 1749 Jefferson Street, which is the Lancaster Community Park, according to the police press release. The park “encompasses several youth league football fields,” the police said.

“Upon arrival, officers were notified of a disagreement among coaching staff and the officiating crew. During the disagreement the opposing coaching staff were involved in a physical altercation and one of the individuals involved in the altercation discharged a firearm striking one adult male,” police said in the release. “The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was later pronounced deceased.”

The release adds, “Officers have identified the suspect involved in this offense as … Yaqub Salik Talib and there is an active warrant for his arrest. Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Yaqub Salik Talib, please contact Detective Senad Deranjic at 972-218-2756. This investigation is ongoing.”

Yaqub Talib Was Confused for His Brother When He Was Arrested in Dallas in 2014

Lancaster PoliceAqib Talib’s brother Yaqub Talib.

In 2014, Yaqub Talib was arrested by the Dallas Police after a fight at a club. According to a police press release, he was accused of throwing bottles and physically fighting with other nightclub patrons while drunk. The initial press release mistankely identified Talib as his brother and stated that he played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. Police said a the time:

He told officers that he played ball in the NFL and several of those with Mr. Yaqub Talib told officers that he played for the Denver Broncos. Officers attempted to diffuse the situation and instructed everyone to leave but Mr. Yaqub Talib continued the aggressive behavior and officers found him to be a danger to himself and others. He was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Mr. Yaqub Talib presented his Texas driver’s license as identification.

Supervisors at the scene notified the Communications Section that an NFL player from the Denver Broncos had been arrested but the Communications supervisor did not understand the spelling of the name and said she would google the Broncos’ current roster for the spelling. A supervisor at communications confirmed the correct spelling of the Denver Broncos player as Aqib Talib from that roster and notified the command staff.

Subsequent internal Dallas police emails used both Aqib and Yaqub and listed him as a Denver Broncos football player. The tweet with the incorrect information was sent, not in keeping with normal protocol, and listed the wrong brother as having been arrested.

Police later apologized to Aqib Talib, writing in a statement, “We regret that this incorrect information was sent and extend our apologies to Mr. Aqib Talib.” In 2015, both Yaqub and Aqib Talib were questioned at the scene of an aggravated assault at a club in Dallas, but charges were never filed, according to Sports Illustrated.

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