Yesterday Bridges filed a lawsuit against the city of Portland, neighboring cities that sent police officers to last year's downtown showdown and eight individual officers involved in his arrest. He alleges, among other things, false arrest, excessive force and indifference to serious medical need.
His monetary demands total more than $3 million. Most of that comes from a $2 million claim for punitive damages, not reimbursement for medical bills or other economic damages.
Read the U.S. District Court complaint here (pdf).
In media interviews last year from his hospital bed and now in his lawsuit, Bridges claims he was "brutalized." In addition to "ben[ding his] fingers back and attempt[ing] to break them while handcuffing him with zip-ties," Bridges claims, officers "started choking [Bridges] with his bandana."
Bridges' complaint says he "thought the officers were going to kill him."