The city of St. Paul has reached an agreement to pay resident Deshun Carter $86,500 to settle a federal police brutality lawsuit.
The agreement is expected to be confirmed by the city council at its Wednesday, May 9 meeting.
Carter won a $35,000 punitive damages award from a federal jury last month. With attorney's fees, the final output by the city could have been higher without the settlement, which also stops any further legal action from either side.
The agreement is "not to be construed as an admission of liability," the city asserted.
Carter, 31, alleged that St. Paul police attacked him while he was barbecuing in his back yard on Sept. 26, 2009.
A federal jury ruled on April 16 that Officer Adam Bailey used excessive force on Carter.
Carter had alleged that Bailey and Officer Thomas Weinzettel attacked him with Mace and a Taser and assaulted him.
The jury ruled that Weinzettel had not used excessive force.
The $86,500 award is to be shared by Carter and his attorney, Ashwin Madia.
At the time of the incident, Carter was charged in criminal court with disorderly conduct, obstructing legal process and having a loud car stereo. A Ramsey County jury acquitted him.
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