$1 million lawsuit for police beating expected to cost time, money (Updated)

"Not every case should go to court," said attorney Geoffrey Fieger.

Feb. 25 UPDATE: Read below for new comments from Andrew Jackson's attorney 

It's the arrest video that went viral.

Andrew Jackson Jr. wants a jury to see the cell phone video of his arrest taken in Detroit on January 12.

"The moment the gentleman is handcuffed, everything that is done afterwards is completely inappropriate," said attorney Geoffrey Fieger.

And according to a lawsuit, Jackson wants $1 million for his "pain, suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost wages, physical illness, medical expenses, injuries to his reputation, humiliation, mortification, and embarrassment."

Attorney Herbert Sanders said that Jackson's civil rights were violated.

"There has been a lynch mob mentality," he said. "(I) am not only representing an injustice to Jackson, but an injustice to society as a whole."

It's just the kind of case Fieger has taken on dozens of times before - but he says he wouldn't go near this one. 

"If I weigh all the pluses and minuses I wouldn't recommend handling this case on principal alone because you don't have a very sympathetic victim," he said.

While Jackson is claiming to be a victim in civil court, he is also accused of carjacking and robbing a grandmother at gunpoint in front of her grandchildren back in January.  

He was arrested as part of a stolen car task force based in Grosse Pointe Park including members of the Highland Park police.

"He puts the gun in my face and says give me your car and purse I am robbing you," the victim told FOX 2.

And Fieger says that accusation will be hard to overcome.

"A jury will not give the 'victim' who is also the perpetrator, a dime," Fieger said. "So why do it. Not every case should go to court. Not every wrong should be righted. You waste time and money, these cases are not litigated for free."

Not only will it take time and money to represent Jackson, but it will also cost the cities of Gross Pointe Park and Highland Park - two of the five defendants named in the suit.

Todd Perkins, the city attorney for Highland Park, says he wasn't surprised by the lawsuit itself.

"Sometimes you have a larger lawsuit that will require some input from the tax base," Perkins said. "A lot of times you see a lawsuit. it takes a little longer for them to file it and let the other processes work themselves out."

Perkins said he didn't think it would happen so soon. Jackson's criminal case is still working its way through court. Perkins says if he testifies in the civil matter it may be held against him criminally.

"You've got to have enough sense to know when to hold them and when to fold them," Fieger said. "And this is not one I would hold."

As for any criminal wrong-doings done by the officers seen in this video, an investigation by Michigan State Police is over and is in the hands of the Wayne County Prosecutor for review.

On Tuesday the case was filed in federal court, but FOX 2 is told it may be months, even a year before the jury hears any part of this lawsuit.

As for any criminal wrong-doings done by the officers seen in the video, an investigation by Michigan State Police is over and is in the hands of the Wayne County Prosecutor for review.

On Tuesday the case was filed in federal court, but FOX 2 is told it may be months, even a year before the jury hears any part of this lawsuit.


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