Reports are in that U.S. District Court Judge David Doty has awarded plaintiffs more than $146,000 in attorney fees in a recent case against the city of Minneapolis for excessive force by police Officer Michael Griffin, who punched the plaintiff. The plaintiff was also awarded damages of $125,000. Earlier this year the city agreed to pay $140,000 in an excessive force claim against Officer Griffin who is said to have punched another victim in 2010.
Griffin remains a patrol officer in the Fourth Precinct. He was awarded the department’s medal of valor last year for his response to the 2012 Accent Signage killings, when he was among the first officers to arrive at the mass shooting.