The family of Christopher Sean Harris—the man who suffered devastating brain trauma after being shoved head first into a concrete wall by a King County Sheriff's Deputy nearly two years ago—has reached a $10 million settlement with King County. Harris' wife was seeking $25 million in damages from the county through a civil suit filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
In May 2009, Harris was wrongly identified by a witness as a suspect in an assault outside a Belltown convenience store. The witness pointed Harris out to Paul and another deputy, who were working as King County Metro Transit officers. They yelled at Harris from across the street, but he ran, according to the Sheriff's Office. They chased him for several blocks.
As Harris slowed to a stop, Paul slammed him into the concrete wall outside the Cinerama theater.
A surveillance camera outside the theater captured footage of the incident, and Harris can be seen raising his hands before he is hit by Paul.
The 30-year-old Harris is now bedridden, unable to talk, and requires around the clock care. His wife is his primary caregiver.