Washington County awards $625K to man deputy assaulted

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Washington County board of commissioners have voted to authorize a $625,000 payout to settle a lawsuit brought by a man whose skull was fractured in what appears to have been an unprovoked attack by a county sheriff’s deputy in the jail’s booking area in 2018. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the board in a statement condemned Washington County sheriff’s deputy Rian Alden’s conduct that “needlessly injured” and traumatized 45-year-old Albert Molina. The settlement was reached days before the county district attorney’s office is expected to go before a grand jury to seek a felony second-degree assault indictment against the deputy, Rian Alden.