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St Paul has paid about $2.2 million to settle lawsuits this year

St. Paul will vote on $95,000 payment to settle claim of police violence

The St. Paul City Council will vote on another costly settlement payment at tomorrow’s meeting, the Pioneer Press reports.

A 30-year-old man claims city police fractured his skull and eye socket and broke his nose during a January 2012 encounter. The incident happened after a traffic stop.

Thomas Benjamin Nelson fled to a nearby apartment and during the chase punched an officer in the face. He was charged with fourth degree assault but the charges were later dropped.

The city council will vote on a $95,000 settlement payment. Nelson’s attorney Christoper Zipko said his client was hospitalized for several weeks. He sought $100,000 in damages in the lawsuit.

The city claimed that Nelson ran from the police “possibly” because he an outstanding warrant and that any injuries he sustained were due to his own actions.

The city and Zipko underwent voluntary mediation for more than a year. The city does not admit liability.

So far St. Paul has paid about $2.2 million to settle lawsuits this year.

 

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