On March 25, 2017 an Oakland police officer ran a red light on Broadway and struck a motorcyclist, Elliott Van Fleet who was traveling westbound on 19th Street. The officer ran the red light in violation of the law and OPD policy. Van Fleet was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained massive injuries. His lower left leg was amputated at the hospital and his pelvis and vertebrae were fractured, among other serious wounds. The officer is still employed.
The Oakland City Council is set to approve a $12 million payment to Fleet who was run over by a police officer while riding his motorcycle downtown last year. The settlement is easily one of the largest in Oakland's history.