Photographer Gets Settlement from Oakland Schools

OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS)_ The Oakland Unified School District has agreed to pay $99,000 to settle a lawsuit by a photojournalist over a confrontation with its former police chief during an October 2008 protest.

The Oakland Tribune reported on one of its photographers, Jane Tyska, who was covering an immigration march in the Fruitvale neighborhood, when she was grazed by a squad car driven by the former chief.

Tyska’s camera was rolling during the subsequent heated exchange with former Oakland School District Police Chief Art Michel.

The camera was confiscated and later returned to the Tribune.

The District Attorney’s office didn’t file charges against Tyska, and Michel later resigned.

In December, Tyska filed suit against Michel and the school district, accusing the former chief of violating civil rights laws and assault and battery.

The case was settled through mediation.

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