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File #: 2127-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/24/2019 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 7/29/2019 Final action: 7/31/2019
Title: To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the claims of Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow; to authorize a transfer within the general fund; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $60,000.00 in settlement of these claims; and to declare an emergency ($60,000.00).
Attachments: 1. Ordinance Attachment
Explanation
Background

This Ordinance is submitted to settle the claims of Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow in the amount of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00). The claims of Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow arise out of an August 17, 2018 incident occurring at James and Leah Denbow’s property located at 741 South 17th Street, Columbus, Ohio. The Denbows allege that Columbus Police Officers Alex Mottinger, Mark Wolf, and Christopher Davis violated their constitutional rights on August 17, 2018 by using excessive force against Brian Denbow and unlawfully entering and searching the Denbow Property. Brian, James, and Leah Denbow allege that they suffered damages caused by the incident and Brian Denbow also suffered injuries.

Fiscal Impact:
Funds were not specifically budgeted for this settlement; however, sufficient monies are available within Finance’s Citywide Account for this purpose.

Emergency Designation: Emergency legislation is necessary to ensure settlement is paid in a timely manner.

Title
To authorize and direct the City Attorney to settle the claims of Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow; to authorize a transfer within the general fund; to authorize the expenditure of the sum of $60,000.00 in settlement of these claims; and to declare an emergency ($60,000.00).

Body
WHEREAS, Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow allege that Columbus Police Officers Alex Mottinger, Mark Wolf, and Christopher Davis violated their constitutional rights on August 17, 2018 by using excessive force against Brian Denbow and unlawfully entering and searching the Denbow Property; and

WHEREAS, following the evaluation of the incident, a settlement in the amount of Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000.00), to be paid by the City, was deemed to be acceptable in exchange for a release from Brian Denbow, James Denbow, and Leah Denbow of any claims against the City of Columbus and any of its employees, agents, officials, including Columbus ...

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