MPLS City Council approves $3.075 million settlement in police misconduct lawsuit

Kia Farhang

The Minneapolis City Council approved a large settlement in a police misconduct lawsuit Friday, news sources reported.

David Smith was killed during a struggle with police officers at the Minneapolis YMCA in 2010. The city will pay Smith's family $1.1 million and an additional $1.9 million to their attorneys, the Star Tribune reported. The settlement is the second largest payout in a police misconduct suit in the city’s history.

“Today’s settlement is a responsible way to bring this to a close,” Minneapolis city attorney Susan Segal said in a statement.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau called the 2010 incident an example of “the kinds of volatile and challenging situations our officers find themselves in every day.”

Harteau added the two officers involved in Smith’s death were professional and upstanding.

“The unfortunate reality,” she said, “is that in any situation where police must restrain someone, there can be unintended results.”