Albert Hopkins Jr. -- who became well-known in Palo Alto after he alleged two police officers beat and pepper sprayed him on June 13, 2003 -- died June 30 at Stanford Medical Center.
He suffered an apparent heart attack while playing basketball at Stanford University. He was 63.
Hopkins was a teacher at Gunn High School. He had been on the faculty of De Anza College for 20 years and had been its first African-American instructor.
He served as a Little League coach for youth teams in and around the Palo Alto area for the past 30 years, according to his brother, Joe Hopkins.
He had a master's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Hopkins lived in Mountain View. His three children -- Ryan, 23, Kyle, 19, and Gabriella, 17 -- live with their mother, Cindy, in Palo Alto.
Hopkins is also survived by two sisters, Edith Sims of Bakersfield, Calif., and Mae Loyce Trice of Yountville, Calif., and a brother, Joe, of Pasadena.
On June 13, 2003, Hopkins was sitting in a parked car when he was allegedly called out by police officers. He suffered knee damage in the attack and was never charged with a crime. He accused the officers of targeting him because he was African American.
He sued the City of Palo Alto and agreed to a settlement of $250,000 in 2005.
A memorial service in Palo Alto pending.