10 Sep Tawanna Brown v. Police Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY SETTLEMENT OF $1,018,000
Tawanna Brown, a nineteen year old freshman in college, was walking across the intersection of 14th Street and University Boulevard in downtown Birmingham when she was hit from behind by a police officer who was speeding through the intersection at a high rate of speed without his emergency lights and siren activated. She suffered a closed head injury, liver laceration, pulmonary laceration, severe right pulmonary contusion, and multiple fractures involving both lower limbs, pelvis, and three ribs. The case was legally significant due to the defenses of sovereign immunity.