DENVER — The costs of lawsuits filed in the wake of Denver’s 2020 protests continue to pile up.
The Denver City Council approved paying $4.72 million Monday to settle claims representing hundreds of people arrested for violating an emergency curfew put in place by the city during the 2020 protests sparked by George Floyd’s murder by police officers in Minneapolis.
Denver's councilmembers approved the settlement, which was on their consent agenda, without discussion at Monday’s meeting.
The settlement resolves one piece of a broad-sweeping federal lawsuit that saw another set of claims for excessive force by police go to trial last year.
An eight-member jury awarded a group of 12 protesters $14 million total, though a judge later reduced one award against an individual officer from $250,000 to $50,000, and the city may still appeal the verdict. That group includes now-state Rep. Elisabeth Epps.
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