Biker Dad: State appeals $180K verdict for trooper who kicked biker

Biker Dad: State appeals $180K verdict for trooper who kicked biker

EUGENE, OR (WMC/AP) - The state of Oregon is asking a Federal Appeals Court to review a case involving an Oregon State Police trooper found to have used excessive force after he kicked a biker. The incident was caught on camera. The video is now viral on the internet, seen more than a million times on the "Biker Dad" Facebook page alone.

The Register-Guard reports the Oregon Department of Justice has filed a notice with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The agency is seeking a review of a jury's finding that Capt. Rob Edwards violated Justin Wilkens' civil rights in the 2012 incident.

Wilkens filed an excessive force lawsuit against Edwards in 2014 and was awarded more than $180,000 in damages.

Video of the 2012 incident shows Edwards pursuing Wilkens in an unmarked police car after the motorcyclist sped past him. Edwards then rear-ends the motorcycle. He can then be seen pointing a gun at Wilkens and kicking him in the chest.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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