Council gives initial OK to $3.3M settlement

DENVER - The Denver city council gave preliminary approval Monday night to a $3.3 million settlement offer to settle abuse claims at the city's jail.

The vote was nearly unanimous. One councilor voted against the settlement; while another abstained from the vote because of ties to the sheriff's office. A final vote is expected next week.

Last week, a federal judge accepted the deal to settle a lawsuit filed by former inmate Jamal Hunter. He says a deputy ignored his screams while inmates attacked him and scalded his genital with hot water in July 2011.

Cameras captured another deputy choking Hunter 12 days later.

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

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


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