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File #: 0224-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/10/2019 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 1/28/2019 Final action: 1/31/2019
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Miranda L. Panda et al. v. Shana M. Keckley, et al.; pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $150,000.00 in settlement of these claims; and to declare an emergency. ($150,000.00)
Explanation
This Ordinance is issued to settle the lawsuit styled as Miranda L. Panda et al. v. Shana M. Keckley, et al., United States District Court No. 2:18-cv-1159, in the amount of $150,000.00. The claims of Miranda L. Panda and Brittany M. Walters arise out of an incident at Sirens Gentleman’s Club on July 11, 2018. Ms. Panda and Ms. Walters allege that they were unlawfully arrested by members of the Columbus Division of Police including Columbus Police Lieutenant Whitney Lancaster and Columbus Police Detectives Shana Keckley, Mary Praither and Steven Rosser.

Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available within the General Fund for this purpose via budget reservation BRDI001872.

Emergency action is requested for this ordinance to be effective immediately in order for the parties to effectuate the settlement of this lawsuit, which is in the best interest of the City, and to pay the agreed to sum without delay.

Title
To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the lawsuit known as Miranda L. Panda et al. v. Shana M. Keckley, et al.; pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $150,000.00 in settlement of these claims; and to declare an emergency. ($150,000.00)

Body
WHEREAS, Ms. Panda and Ms. Walters allege that they were unlawfully arrested by members of the Columbus Division of Police on July 11, 2018, including Columbus Police Lieutenant Whitney Lancaster and Columbus Police Detectives Shana Keckley, Mary Praither and Steven Rosser; and

WHEREAS, following the evaluation of the incident, a settlement in the amount of one hundred fifty thousand dollars and zero cents ($150,000.00) to be paid by the City, was deemed to be acceptable in exchange for a release from Ms. Panda and Ms. Walters of any claims against the City of Columbus and any of its employees, agents, or officials, including Columbus Police Lieutenant Whi...

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