Seattle man awarded $1 for civil rights violation

A federal judge’s decision to award a Seattle man $1 after his civil rights were violated by an off-duty Seattle police officer could cost the city thousands in attorneys’ fees.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman granted a motion by the attorneys representing Andrew Rutherford, who was held at gunpoint by an off-duty officer after the car Rutherford was riding in ran a red light.

The officer followed the car, in his personal vehicle and dressed in street clothes, from Capitol Hill to West Seattle before confronting the men, alone and outnumbered, on a darkened dead-end street.

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