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$45 Million Police Misconduct Settlement in the Case of Richard Cox v City of New Haven

June 14, 2023Articles

Weber & Rubano has reached a $45 million joint settlement on behalf of our injured client and his family in Richard Cox v City of New Haven, the largest police misconduct settlement in U.S. history.  Richard “Randy” Cox was paralyzed while in the custody of the New Haven Police Department.

Statement from Attorney Louis Rubano

“This is a historic day for America and really for humanity. Human life has value. This settlement has set a new precedent across the United States and demonstrates that human life will not be taken for granted, will not be overlooked, and will not be disrespected. Randy Cox has a long road ahead of him. His life will never be the same. This settlement will allow him to get the very best care to address all of his serious medical needs.

This will allow Randy and his family to utilize the best resources to ensure that he is able to live life the best that he can under these very tragic circumstances. Justice in a case like this will never be truly served. We just hope that America continues to see the injustice that still exists here in our country and continues to work to make great strides towards equality and protecting the value of human life”

The Incident

On June 12th, 2022, Richard “Randy” Cox was arrested by New Haven police. He was being transported to the police station in the back of a police van handcuffed without a seatbelt, when the officer driving the van braked unexpectedly hard.  Cox was sent flying into the back door of the van.

As a direct result of the incident, Cox suffered a cervical spine injury along with contusions, abrasions, and injuries to his muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones.

He pleaded with the police officers that he could not move and insisted that he broke his neck.  The body camera footage captured shows police officers blatantly ignoring his calls for help and roughly shoving him into a jail cell. They waited for Emergency Medical Services to give Cox a thorough medical examination. Since this incident, Cox has been paralyzed from the chest down. He is currently doing physical therapy numerous times a day at a treatment facility in West Haven.

If you’d like to see the official legal complaint issued by Richard Cox against the City of New Haven, we have embedded it below.

Full Complaint: Richard Cox v City of New Haven