“As I walked closer, about five or six feet away from them, I heard Chief Ramsey say, ‘We’re going to lock them up and teach them a lesson.'”
This quote taken from Det. Paul Hustler‘s affidavit filed in mid-November in the Pershing Park case didn’t just contradict former Chief Charles Ramsey‘s previous testimony that he did not order the now-infamous mass arrests of 400 individuals on Sept. 27, 2002. It embarrassed the police department, and it infuriated the Office of the Attorney General. It has also proved to be extremely costly to the city.
In a motion filed last week [PDF], Ramsey’s attorney Mark Tuohey III asked that the court approve lawyer fees for work conducted between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30. The District has already agreed to pay Tuohey’s fees.
And how much is the District is willing to pay Tuohey for those three months worth of work? More than one hundred thousand dollars—-$119,615 and 36 cents.
*photo by Darrow Montgomery.