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Request for Committee Action

A briefing memo explaining the purpose, background, and impact of the requested action.
Legal Settlement - Lamar Ferguson v. Robert Thunder, Tou Thao, and the City of Minneapolis (RCA-2017-01322)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
City Attorney's Office
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Ways & Means Committee Dec 4, 2017
Lead Staff:
Ivan Ludmer
Presented By:
Susan Segal
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Action Settlement

Approving the settlement of the lawsuit Lamar Ferguson v. Robert Thunder, Tou Thao, and the City of Minneapolis, (Court File No. 17-cv-01110), by payment of $25,000 to Lamar Ferguson and his attorneys, Leventhal PLLC, and authorizing the City Attorney's Office to execute any documents necessary to effectuate the settlement.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. Not Applicable
Background Analysis

This lawsuit arises out of the arrest of Lamar Ferguson in an alley on October 7, 2014. Mr. Ferguson had escaped from one handcuff and during the ensuing struggle, he sustained injuries to his face. The City and officers denied liability. Following discovery and negotiations, the parties agreed to settle Mr. Ferguson's claims in exchange for the payment of $25,000.00 to Mr. Ferguson and his attorneys from Fund/Org. 06900 1500100 145400. The City Attorney's Office and Police Department believe this settlement is in the best interests of the City and we recommend approval by this committee and the City Council.

FISCAL NOTE
  • No fiscal impact anticipated