News City Loses Appeal, Must Pay $268,000 to Settle Police Misconduct Suit
posted by July 24 at 13:36 PMon
A federal judge has denied the city’s request to retry a suit filed by a 22-year-old Seattle man, who was awarded $268,000 by a jury in May.
In 2006, Romelle Bradford was arrested outside of the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club—where he worked—when police were called to the facility after a dance. As Bradford—wearing a staff shirt and badge—approached police outside the Boys and Girls Club, one officer ordered him to halt. Bradford didn’t and was arrested for obstruction and thrown in jail overnight
Bradford sued SPD, the jury awarded him a cool quarter-million and the city asked for a do-over, citing improper jury instructions. But last week, a judge ruled that the case will not be retried and the jury award stands. In addition to the $268,000 settlement, the city must also pay Bradford’s attorney $147,000 in legal fees and another $138,000 to the Stafford Frey Cooper law firm, which handled the case for the city. That’s more than half a million dollars.
I’ve got a call in to the City Attorney’s office for comment.