City council finalizes $3.3M settlement

DENVER – On Monday, the Denver City Council approved a $3.25-million settlement of a federal lawsuit by former jail inmate Jamal Hunter.

Hunter says that in 2011, he was tortured by other inmates in an attack encouraged by a jail deputy.

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The payout is considered the largest in Denver history to settle a civil rights claim.

On July 28, Denver's City Council gave preliminary approval of the settlement, by a nearly unanimous vote. One councilor voted against the settlement; while another abstained from the vote because of ties to the sheriff's office.

Several videos depicting alleged abuse by Denver law enforcement have also surfaced since the settlement deal was announced July 22.

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In one video, a Denver Police officer apparently shoves a Rockies fan to the ground. In another, a Denver Sheriff's deputy punches an inmate in the face after the inmate allegedly pushed a phone toward him.

A Denver Post analysis finds that nearly $13 million of $16.7 million paid out by the city to settle legal claims over the past decade involved the police and sheriff departments.

Of that $13 million, the Post reported Sunday that nearly 60 percent involved excessive force or civil rights violations.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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