police brutality settlement

Minneapolis to pay Jaleel Stallings $1.5 million

The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $1.5 million plus costs and attorneys’ fees to Jaleel Stallings, an Army veteran who sued the city after being acquitted on the grounds of self-defense after he was charged with shooting at Minneapolis police who first fired marking rounds at him.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are investigating the incident, which took place five days after the police murder of George Floyd.

As the Minneapolis Police Department struggled to regain control of the city, a SWAT team drove around Minneapolis in an unmarked van at night, firing 40-mm marking rounds at civilians out after curfew. They then beat Stallings and his companion after Stallings fired back with a pistol, unaware they were cops. He said he purposefully missed them.

Nearly a year after a jury acquitted the former St. Paul man of eight charges, including attempted murder, Stallings

King County pays $2.5M to the family of man killed by deputies after stealing truck

King County, Washington has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a claim by the family of Anthony Chilcott, who was shot and killed by deputies after stealing a hot-rod pickup truck and a pet poodle, according to the family’s attorney.

The November 2019 incident was sharply criticized by investigators and resulted in the termination of one of the officers involved.

In a rare move, the claim filed against the county by Chilcott’s mother and sister, Monica Crotty and Amanda Castro, both now living in Texas, was resolved before a lawsuit was filed and involved a face-to-face meeting with interim Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall, a representative of the civil division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the county’s risk manager, according to attorney Tony Russo.

Russo said all three parties made a “sincere apology” to the family and that the sheriff’s office has promised to implement reforms recommended in a critical review of Chilcott’s shooting. The reforms involve limits on the use of plainclothes officers and focus on de-escalation methods and techniques that an internal investigation found were lacking or ignored during the incident that killed Chilcott.

“Your decision to participate in utmost good faith in an early resolution of the family’s claim that culminated in today’s settlement should help all of us turn the page on this unnecessary and tragic loss of life,” Russo wrote in a Thursday email to the county following mediation. “That act of humanity, even more so than the $2.5 million dollar settlement, demonstrated an acceptance of responsibility by leadership of King County and will help the family on the long road to healing.”

Black Man Settles $400,000 Lawsuit After Police Kicked Him In The Face

Nearly five years after being assaulted by police officers during what he believes to have been an unjustified stop, Demetrius Hollins has settled his lawsuit against the Atlanta-area county where the incident happened.

On Jan. 4, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a $400,000 settlement, the Associated Press reports. The two officers who pulled him over on that fateful day were employed by the county rather than any of its many cities and municipalities.

The settlement is one of the largest related to a police brutality case in Gwinnett County history, Hollins’ attorneys Chris Stewart and Justin Miller said in a statement.

According to CW69, the lawsuit filed in September named the county, the two men who assaulted Hollins – Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Officer Robert McDonald – and former Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers as defendants. The county and chief were included because Hollins’ attorneys maintain there were patterns within the department that led to Hollins’ assault.

The traffic stop and subsequent arrest in question took place on April 12, 2017 and was captured on the squad car’s dash cam.

In the clip, Bongiovanni can be seen punching Hollins several times. After he had been handcuffed, tasered and forced to lay on the ground in a busy intersection, McDonald ran up and stomped then 22-year-old Hollins in the head.

Both officers were fired the next day. They were also each charged individually for their roles in the assault.

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