St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
BYLINE: By Frederick Melo email@example.com
The St. Paul City Council has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a civil suit filed by a St. Paul man who claimed he was thrown to the ground by St. Paul police officers and kicked and punched while handcuffed. The incident occurred outside the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on August 29, 2009.
At the time, officers alleged that Keith Dawson had been creating a disturbance outside the Como Avenue gates and had to be brought to the ground, where he continued resisting and spit blood on two officers.
Dawson, who has a sizable criminal history that includes disorderly conduct and receiving stolen property, maintains he suffered three chipped teeth and was sprayed with a chemical irritant while in the back of a squad car. He was not charged in the incident.
As part of the settlement, the city admits no wrongdoing. Dawson’s suit against the city and two police officers was filed in U.S. District Court.
Copyright 2012 St. Paul Pioneer Press
All Rights Reserved