When allegations of police misconduct move from the street to the courtroom — more often than not, Minneapolis has to pay.
KARE 11 requested numbers from the City of Minneapolis and found since January 2010, Minneapolis has dealt with 141 “Officer Conduct lawsuits.” The city won 51 of them — either at trial or when a judge dismissed the case.
But the city had to pay money in 90 of those cases — settling 86 times — and losing four trials.
In that time — Minneapolis has paid $10.7 million for officer conduct lawsuits. That includes two years — 2011 and 2013 — when the city had to pay more than $4 million each year….
In 2011, Minneapolis paid nearly $2.2 million to he family of Dominic Felder, who died in 2006 — shot seven times by two officers.
And in 2010, David Smith died after police used a Taser and held him down outside the downtown Minneapolis YMCA. Minneapolis settled with his family in 2013 for nearly $3.1 million.
A key point here:
David Harris said in his research, one alarming thing he’s found is the lawsuits don’t always lead to a change in police department policies.