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File #: 2818-2016    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/31/2016 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 11/21/2016 Final action: 11/23/2016
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Mark A. Aldrich v. The City of Columbus, et al. pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $35,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($35,000.00)
Explanation
This Ordinance is submitted to settle the lawsuit known as Mark A. Aldrich v. The City of Columbus, et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-404 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in the amount of thirty-five thousand Dollars ($35,000.00). On April 24, 2013, Officer Singleton, who was detaining Mr. Aldrich in the course of a felony investigation, used force against him. In his lawsuit, Mr. Aldrich claimed the use of force was in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Summary judgment was denied for Officer Singleton, and the case was set for trial.

This ordinance authorizes an expenditure of $35,000.00 from an existing ACPR000606 from Ordinance 3109-2015 for this purpose.

Title
To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Mark A. Aldrich v. The City of Columbus, et al. pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $35,000.00 in settlement of this lawsuit; and to declare an emergency. ($35,000.00)

Body
WHEREAS, on January 29, 2015, Mr. Aldrich filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 2:15-cv-404, against the City of Columbus and Officer Kevin Singleton in which he claimed he was subjected to an unreasonable use of force in violation of the Fourth Amendment; and

WHEREAS, summary judgment was denied for Officer Singleton, and the case was set for trial; and

WHEREAS, in connection with the settlement of claims against Officer Singleton and the City of Columbus, the amount of thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000.00) to be paid by the City was deemed acceptable by the City of Columbus, along with dismissal of the case with prejudice and a release of the City of Columbus and its employees from any further liability; and

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the usual daily operations of the Department of Public Safety, Div...

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