We identified 167 publicly reported settlements that resulted in policy changes and over $2,246,987,900.00 in monetary compensation to victims.

Data was last updated September 6, 2022

Settlements
Location Year Description Outcome
Williamson County, Texas 2021

In December 2021, Williamson County officials reached a $5 million settlement with the family of Javier Amber, a 40-year-old Black man who was killed during an arrest in 2019.

In March 2019, Amber was pulled over by Williamson County police officers following a car chase.  It was alleged that Amber failed to dim his headlights for oncoming traffic. When two police officers apprehended him, they tased him several times, which led to his death later that night.  Amber claimed he was sick and that he could not breathe while the officers were tasing him. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit following his death, which was settled by the city in December 2021.

Compensation
$5,000,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2021

In December 2021, the Chicago City Council’s Finance Committee unanimously voted to pay $2.9 million dollars to Anjanette Young, a Black woman whose home was wrongfully raided in February 2019.

In February 2019, 13 Chicago police officers, who were acting on a bad tip that a man with an illegal firearm lived in Young’s home, raided her house, and handcuffed her while she was getting ready for bed, forcing her to stand naked while they searched her home. Following the incident, Young filed a lawsuit against the city and the officers for failing to independently verify the place to be searched and for wrongfully entering her home. Young’s attorney agreed to settle the case for $2.9 million and, amid the uproar of the case, new raid policies were implemented requiring a department member who is at the rank of lieutenant or higher to be present, as well as a female department member when warrants are being served.

Policy changes
Compensation
$2,900,000.00
Columbus, Ohio 2021

In December 2021, the City of Columbus agreed to pay $5.75 million to 32 plaintiffs who alleged that police officers used excessive force against them during social justice protests in the summer of 2020.

The plaintiffs were among many who were protesting police violence in May 2020. During the protests, the police made arrests and used excessive force, such as pepper spray, tear gas, and wooden batons, against protesters, resulting in some of the plaintiffs sustaining significant injuries. The injured protesters filed a lawsuit in July 2020, and the city reached a settlement with the 32 plaintiffs in December 2021, agreeing to pay $5.75 million to be divided among them. Additionally, the city agreed to implement a permanent injunction barring Columbus police officers from using forms of nonlethal force against nonviolent protesters.

Policy changes
Compensation
$5,750,000.00
San Francisco, California 2021

In December 2021, the City of San Francisco agreed to pay $2.5 million to Judy O’Neil, the mother of Keita O’Neil who was killed by a San Francisco Police Department officer during a chase.

On December 1st, 2017, Keita O’Neil was shot and killed by former officer Chris Samayoa, who was pursuing O’Neil for an alleged unarmed carjacking. After Keita’s death, Judy O’Neil filed a civil lawsuit against the city, alleging that Samayoa had used excessive force that resulted in her son’s death. Four years later, the City of San Francisco agreed to pay Judy O’Neil $2.5 million. Samayoa is currently facing charges for manslaughter, among others, for the death of Keita O’Neil.

Compensation
$2,500,000.00
Santa Clara, California 2021

In December 2021, a federal jury awarded ordered the City of Santa Clara to pay $500,000 to Omar Gomez, a man who was shot and wounded by a Santa Clara police officer during a traffic stop in 2017.

Santa Clara officer Jordan Fachko stopped Gomez while trying to find a vehicle that was reported stolen. The situation escalated when Fachko allegedly thought Gomez was attempting to run him over, prompting Officer Fachko to shoot and wound Gomez. Following the encounter, Gomez filed a lawsuit alleging that Fachko had used excessive force and was negligent. A federal jury found that Fachko’s life was in no way threatened during the interaction and awarded Gomez $500,000.

Compensation
$3,500,000.00
Clovis, California 2021

In March 2020, Bryon Espinosa filed a lawsuit against the City of Clovis alleging that city police officers violated his civil rights by assaulting him and using excessive force during a house search. In December 2021, city officials agreed to pay Espinosa $720,000 to settle the case.

In December 2021, city officials agreed to pay Espinosa $720,000 to settle the case.

In January 2019, during a home investigation, officer Timothy Dronek took Espinosa to the ground while handcuffed, causing Espinosa to dislocate his right hip and suffer fractures in parts of his leg. In December 2021, the City of Clovis agreed to settle the case for $720,000.

Compensation
$720,000.00
Austin, Texas 2021

Michael Yeager, a California man who was falsely arrested by Austin police officers, filed a lawsuit in December 2019 against the City of Austin. In December 2021, city officials agreed to settle the case for $99,000.

In December 2018, Yeager was visiting his girlfriend in Austin when they were robbed. When police officers arrived, the lawsuit alleges that officer Dusty Jester slammed Yeager to the ground and used a stun gun on him and then falsely arrested him. Yeager sustained several injuries, including a concussion, broken nose, and separated shoulder. He filed a lawsuit for wrongful arrest and excessive force against the city in 2019. Two years later, city officials decided to settle the case for $99,000.

Compensation
$99,000.00
Seattle, Washington 2021

The family of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant Black woman killed by Seattle police officers in 2017, filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle. In early December 2021, city officials agreed to settle the case with her family for $3.5 million.

In June 2017, two Seattle police officers were responding to Lyles’ 911 call to report a burglary. Officers alleged that she had staged the burglary and that she suddenly lunged at them with a knife, prompting them to fatally shoot her with her children nearby. Following her death, family members filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the officers had failed to use nonlethal force to disarm Lyles. After a state Court of Appeals agreed with the Lyles’ family, the city settled the case for $3.5 million.

Compensation
$3,500,000.00
Pasadena, California 2021

The City of Pasadena has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle the case of a Black man fatally shot by a police officer while trying to flee a traffic stop last year.

In 2020, Anthony McClain, a father of three children, was shot and killed during a traffic stop. McClain was a passenger in a car that the Pasadena police stopped for not having a front license plate. Officer Edwin Dumaguindin asked McClain to step out of the vehicle and McClain ran away. Officers claim that McClain grabbed a gun from his waistband and looked back toward the officer before being shot twice. However, no weapon was found on McClain, but a gun was discovered across the street. The $7.5 million will go to McClain’s three children.

Compensation
$7,500,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2018 - 2021

The Chicago City Council agreed to pay $3 million in settlements for various lawsuits alleging misconduct by which accused Chicago Police officers of misconduct.

One case involved a high-speed police chase that led to a women’s death in 2018. Another resulted in a $175,000 payment to Lavelle Taylor, who accused Chicago Police Detective James O’Brien of framing him for a 1996 murder that was actually committed by Taylor’s brother.

Compensation
$3,000,000.00
Aurora, Colorado 1900 - 2021

The City of Aurora will pay $15 million to the family of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old-man who was killed in a confrontation with Aurora police, to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over his death.

In 2019, Elijah McClain was approached by police after they received a call that McClain “looked sketchy.” During the confrontation with police, McClain was put into a chokehold and paramedics injected McClain with ketamine, a powerful sedative, which resulted him going into cardiac arrest. In the following days, McClain was put on life support and then died. McClain was unarmed.

Compensation
$15,000,000.00
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2021

The family of Walter Wallace, a Black man killed by Philadelphia police in 2020, has been awarded $2.5 million from the city.

In addition to accepting the settlement funds, Walter Wallace’s family included a list of policy change demands, which were accepted in the legally binding settlement. These demands include that the City of Philadelphia purchase tasers for all patrol officers, that all officers be required to wear tasers while they are in uniform, and that the city provide necessary training to ensure that officers can safely operate tasers.

Policy changes
Compensation
$2,500,000.00
Contra Costa County, California 2021

The family of a mentally ill man who was shot nine times by a California law enforcement officer has been awarded $4.9 million dollars nearly three years after the fatal shooting, which took place in the wealthy San Francisco suburb of Danville.

Danville contracts with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office to provide police services. Officer Andrew Hall was convicted in October of 2021 of felony assault with a firearm in Laudemer Arboleda’s death. This was the first guilty verdict of felony assault by an officer in Contra Costa County, a county just east of San Francisco. Hall faces up to 17 years in prison.

Compensation
$2,500,000.00
Boston, Massachusetts 2021

The City of Boston will pay $1.3 million dollars to a man who was arrested by Boston police for intoxication but who was actually experiencing a stroke.

Police arrested Al Copeland, a 64-year-old Black man, on the belief he was slumped in his car and intoxicated.

Copeland was arrested and taken to a holding cell. During his detainment, Copeland lost his balance and banged his head on the wall. It was not until five hours into his detainment that officers realized Copeland’s health was in danger, he was then sent to a hospital. Police claimed that they smelled alcohol on him, but Copeland contends that he has not had a drink since 1995. Doctors at the hospital confirmed that no alcohol or drugs were in Copeland’s system that night. Despite an internal investigation into the incident, no disciplinary actions have been taken.

Compensation
$1,300,000.00
Fairfax County, Virginia 2021

A former D.C. firefighter, Elon Wilson, will receive $390,000 from Fairfax County to settle the federal lawsuit he filed in July after being wrongfully arrested.

Elon Wilson, now 27 years old, was pulled over and arrested by then-officer Jonathan Freitag in April of 2018. Freitag found a large quantity of oxycodone and two handguns in the car. Wilson claimed that these items were not his. Wilson was fired from the fire department, faced a ten-year minimum sentence, pled guilty, and sentenced to three years and one month in July of 2019. Internal investigations into Freitag’s traffic stops showed that he made a number of “pretextual” traffic stops, where an officer uses a false reason to pull someone over and search or arrest them. No criminal charges were filed against Freitag. In April of 2020, Freitag was arrested after crashing his car into another vehicle while under the influence and fleeing the scene. That case is pending. Wilson was released from prison after serving 21 months of his sentence.

Compensation
$390,000.00
Utica, New York 2021

Kerwin Taylor filed a claim against the city alleging than an officer used excessive force during an encounter with him in 2020. The claim was settled by the City of Utica in September 2021 for $150,000.

Taylor alleged that Officer Matthew Felitto had kicked him multiple times in the head while he was restrained in the back of Felitto’s police van. After body camera footage was taken from officers, the city agreed to settle the case with Taylor for $150,000.

Compensation
$150,000.00
Loveland, Colorado 2021

Karen Garner, a 73-year-old woman with dementia, filed a lawsuit against the Loveland Police Department after suffering multiple injuries when being forcibly detained by two police officers. The city settled her case for $3 million in September 2021.

The civil case, filed following her arrest in June 2020, alleged that Loveland police officers used excessive force when detaining Ms. Garner, who had been accused of leaving a Walmart without paying for her items. Following her arrest, police officers were seen mocking her arrest and neglecting to give her medical attention for her fractured arm, dislocated shoulder, and sustained bruises from the arrest. Garner’s case is one of several recent allegations of the Loveland Department using excessive force in the last year.

Compensation
$3,000,000.00
Worcester, Massachusetts 2021

Officers Andrew Harris and Spencer Tatum filed a lawsuit against the Worcester Police Department in 1994 over discriminatory practices. In September 2021, the City of Worcester agreed to pay $1.5 million and follow an affirmative action plan.

Harris and Tatum are Black former officers who filed the lawsuit back in 1994, alleging that Worcester used discriminatory practices when promoting officers within the department, favoring the interests of White officers over minority officers. Both Black officers had passed the sergeant’s exam in the early 1990s but were passed over for promotions. After almost three decades of litigation, the city agreed to pay $1.5 million, which includes retirement payment for Tatum. Harris passed away before the case was settled.

Policy changes
Compensation
$1,500,000.00
Austin, Texas 2021

The parents of Jason Roque, a 20-year-old man, filed a lawsuit against the City of Austin and Officer James Harvel after Harvel fatally shot their son. In September 2021, the Austin City Council agreed to pay $2.25 million to the Roque family.

The lawsuit alleged that Harvel fatally shot Roque in September 2017 when responding to a 911 call where Roque was having a mental health crisis. The Austin City Council reached a settlement of $2.25 million with the Roque family after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit affirmed Harvel did not qualify for immunity for the second and third shot he fired at Roque.

Compensation
$2,250,000.00
Bakersfield, California 2021

In order to settle a California Department of Justice investigation related to the Bakersfield Police Department’s use of excessive force, in August 2021, the City of Bakersfield agreed to implement revisions to the police department’s use-of-force guidance, training, and investigations.

Beginning in 2016, the state’s attorney general office investigated allegations that the Bakersfield Police Department (BPD) and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office consistently used excessive force. No specific incidents have been publicly mentioned, but the California Department of Justice concluded that BPD had violated the 4th and 5th amendment rights of residents, as a number of officers engaged in forms of excessive force, including fatal shootings, police canine attacks, and discriminatory traffic stops. The consent decree requires the police department to reform its policies related to excessive force, which will be overseen by an independent monitor.

Policy changes
Pleasanton, California 2021

Jacob Bauer’s parents filed a lawsuit against the Pleasanton Police Department in 2019 alleging that police officers had violated Bauer’s constitutional rights and used excessive force, resulting in Bauer’s death. The City of Pleasanton settled the case for $5.9 million.

Jacob Bauer, a 38-year-old man struggling with mental illness, died on August 1, 2018, after being detained by Pleasanton police officers outside a grocery store. During the interaction, Bauer began resisting, which led officers to handcuff him, tase him, and beat him with their hands and batons. The settlement reached by the city and Bauer’s parents stipulates that the officers involved admit no fault or liability for Bauer’s death, and that the lawsuit be permanently closed in exchange for $5.9 million and a private meeting with Department leadership.

Compensation
$5,900,000.00
Fontana, California 2021

The parents of Daverion Kinard filed a lawsuit against the Fontana Police Department, alleging that their son was fatally shot by a police officer during an attempt to arrest him. In August 2021, the City of Fontana agreed to pay the Kinard family $1 million to settle the case.

The lawsuit was filed following the fatal shooting of Daverion Kinard, who was shot by Officer Johnny Tuitavake after a foot pursuit in February 2021. After the Kinard family lawsuit was settled, another suit was filed in August 2021 against the same officer, alleging that he had used excessive force on Juan Gonzalez during an altercation in October 2020. Gonzalez’s lawsuit is currently in litigation.

Compensation
$1,000,000.00
Des Moines, Iowa 2021

In August 2021, in order to settle a lawsuit arising out of protests at the Iowa State Capitol in the summer of 2020 the state agreed to pay protesters $70,000 and no longer ban them from entering the Capitol building.

Following their arrests at the Capitol building during a protest against felon disenfranchisement, five protestors sued Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens, alleging that banning them from the Capitol grounds was a violation of their First Amendment rights. The lawsuit was settled after a US District Court judge issued an order preventing the enforcement of the ban. The protesters' bans were lifted, they received $70,000, and the Iowa Department of Public Safety agreed to train its officers assigned to the Capitol on First Amendment rights of protestors.

Policy changes
Compensation
$70,000.00
Southaven, Mississippi 2021

The family of Troy Goode filed a lawsuit against the Southaven Police Department following his death in 2015 after being held in custody. The City of Southaven reached an agreement with the family in July 2021.

Goode’s family claims that his death was caused by police officers when they tased him, tied him with restraints, and put him on his stomach on a stretcher, where he suffocated to death because of the pressure on his lungs. The city announced in July that they had reached an undisclosed agreement with Troy Goode’s family.

Compensation
Undisclosed
Prince George's County, Maryland 2021

In July 2021, Prince George’s County officials agreed to pay a group of Black and Latino officers $2.3 million to settle a workplace discrimination and harassment lawsuit they brought against the police department in December 2018.

Members of the Hispanic National Law Enforcement Association and the United Black Police Officers Association filed a lawsuit against Prince George’s County Police Department alleging that the department does not properly handle allegations of discrimination or misconduct by White officers. The allegations detail several instances of racism towards community members and fellow officers. The agreement requires the department to implement changes to disciplinary procedures and equal employment opportunity policies.

Policy changes
Compensation
$2,300,000.00
Wichita, Kansas 2021

The parents of Marquez Smart filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Wichita Police Department on behalf of their deceased son. In July 2021, the City of Wichita settled for $900,000.

The lawsuit alleged that police officers used excessive force when arresting Marquez Smart, a 23-year-old African American man, in 2012. In 2020, after a 2018 ruling dismissing the Smarts’ case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit found that by the time the police fatally shot Smart, he was on the ground with his arms stretched out. The City of Wichita agreed to settle the case for $900,000 to prevent the suit from going to federal court.

Compensation
$900,000.00
Montgomery County, Maryland 2021

Arnaldo Pesoa filed a lawsuit against the Montgomery County Police Department alleging that an officer used excessive force when arresting him in 2019. In July 2021, Montgomery County agreed to pay Pesoa $400,000 to settle the case.

Pesoa was arrested in Aspen Hill, Maryland in 2019. During the arrest, Officer Kevin Moris kneed Pesoa in the back of his head and neck after he was already restrained. Pesoa filed his lawsuit in 2020, alleging that he suffered a concussion and severe bleeding as a result of the knee to his head. After video evidence was presented, the Department agreed to settle the case.

Compensation
$400,000.00
Kansas City, Missouri 2021

The Kansas City Police Department agreed to end their use of banishment orders and to conduct training on the First Amendment rights of protestors in order to settle a lawsuit stemming from protests against police misconduct in June 2020.

The lawsuit alleged that the Department had violated Theresa Taylor’s right to protest by banning her from returning to the Country Club Plaza after arresting her and 100 others during protests against police brutality. The banishment order provided that, if Taylor were to return to the Country Club Plaza, she would be arrested and charged. The settlement clears the banishment order, prohibits officers from adding conditions of bond release beyond those imposed by the court, and requires officers to be trained on free speech, anti-bias, and de-escalation practices.

Policy changes
Murray, Utah 2021

Donna Miller filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Murray City Police Department, accusing an officer of racial bias. The City of Murray agreed to settle her case for $152,000.

The lawsuit alleged that Officer Jarom Allred pulled over Donna Miller, a 62-year-old African American woman, for not having valid insurance and, after proving that she did, saying he suspected Miller was intoxicated. Miller was held at the police station for three hours, during which time her car was searched, and was forced to take several sobriety tests, despite all tests, including blood tests for eight different substances, coming back negative. The city nonetheless charged her with DUI, suspending her license, and forcing her to pay to have her license reinstated after all charges were dropped. Following her 2018 arrest, she filed a lawsuit for the racial bias she experienced, and the city settled the case for $152,000.

Compensation
$152,000.00
Columbus, Georgia 2021

The family of Hector Arreola filed a lawsuit against the Columbus Police Department following his death during an interaction with police officers. The Columbus City Council agreed to pay $500,000 to the Arreola family to settle the case, with $490,000 of those funds going to the guardian of Hector Arreola’s young child.

Arreola died in 2017 shortly after a struggle with police officers who he had called to check on his mother. A police officer allegedly sat on Arreola for over two minutes while he said he couldn’t breathe 16 times. The lawsuit alleged that Arreola went into cardiac arrest following brain damage he endured from the force the officers used when restraining him. In July 2021, the Columbus City Council decided to settle before trial for $500,000. 

Compensation
$500,000.00
Portland, Oregon 2021

The Portland City Council agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former Portland police officer against officer Robert Bruders for creating a hostile work environment and sexually harassing the former officer.

The Portland City Council agreed unanimously to a $250,000 settlement. Bruders, who has faced other claims of wrongful behavior, will be partially responsible for a total of about $800,000 being paid to his victims. The city has paid other settlements because of Bruders’ actions including his beating of Jason Cox, a man who was detained by police on suspicion of drunk driving.

Compensation
$250,000.00
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2021

The family of Alton Sterling, a Black man who was shot and killed by a White officer outside of a convenience store in 2016, will be compensated $4.5 million by the City of Baton Rouge.

This settlement was a result of a family lawsuit against the city and others. Sterling was shot and killed when officers responded to a report that there was a Black man selling CDs outside a convenience store who had brandished a gun. Sterling’s death set off national protests. In 2017, the Justice Department failed to bring federal charges against the officers and Louisiana’s attorney general said the officers would not face state charges.

Compensation
$4,500,000.00
Valdosta, Georgia 2021

The City of Valdosta, Georgia will pay a $350,000 settlement to a Black man who was injured when a police officer slammed him to the ground.

In 2020, Antonio Arnelo Smith was slammed to the ground by a police officer who alleged that he wrongly thought Smith had an outstanding arrest warrant. In addition to the financial settlement, the city shared that they would create a civilian review board to oversee local police and make policy recommendations. The creation of a citizen panel was Smith’s primary priority in the lawsuit. Body camera footage captured how the police officer pinned Smith’s hands behind his back and proceeded to slam him into the ground, face-first.

Policy changes
Compensation
$350,000.00
Honolulu, Hawaii 2021

The Honolulu City Council voted to pay $1 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit of Cameron Johnson, a 19-year-old who was shot and killed in 2017 during an officer’s investigation of a stolen vehicle.

The lawsuit cast doubt on police testimony. Cameron Johnson was shot by a police officer who had a brief conversation with Johnson while he was in his vehicle and then started firing. Witnesses were right behind Johnson’s vehicle and confirmed that the officer shot Johnson multiple times and that the submitted police testimony of the situation was incorrect.

Compensation
$1,000,000.00
San Jose, California 2021

A $6 million settlement was awarded to Andy Martin who was run over by a police SUV.

On March 2, 2018, Martin got into a verbal altercation with a security guard at Eastridge Mall which led to the guard calling the police. Martin and his cousin were approached by SJPD officer Alexandre Ribeiro who was in his patrol SUV. Court records say the officer drove off the road over a curb onto the jogging trail Martin was on with his cousin. When Martin moved out of the vehicle’s way, Officer Ribeiro swerved to hit the plaintiff and then backed over his body. Martin suffered pelvis fractures, a broken ankle, nerve damage and other lasting injuries.

Compensation
$6,000,000.00
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2021

Baton Rouge will pay $35,000 in a settlement involving a 16-year-old who was strip-searched during a traffic stop in January 2020.

Baton Rouge officers strip searched and groped two people, including the 16-year-old, on a public street when conducting a “frisk” during a traffic stop. A federal judge said the officers “demonstrated a serious and wanton disregard” for constitutional rights. During a news conference about the settlement, the police chief said department policies were violated during the stop, including conduct unbecoming of an officer, a violation of BRPD's body-worn camera policy, and another violation regarding warrantless searches.

Compensation
$35,000.00
Dubuque, Iowa 2021

The City of Dubuque will pay a $1.8 million settlement in a gender discrimination lawsuit after a former police captain alleged that the city and police chief created a culture of sexism within the department.

Abby Simon brought a suit against the city and Chief Mark Dalsing in 2019. Simon sued on grounds of gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Additionally, Simon expressed in the lawsuit that she was passed over in 2016 and 2017 for promotion to captain although she had better test and interview scores than the men who were promoted. 

Compensation
$1,800,000.00
Columbus, Ohio 2021

The City of Columbus will pay $10 million, the largest settlement in the city’s history, to the family of Andre Hill, who was fatally shot by a police officer, Adam Coy, in December 2020. Hill was unarmed and posed no threat.

The shooting was captured by Coy, via his body camera. However, his body camera footage does not have sound since he was on a non-emergency call. Coy has a history of complaints. Hill was visiting a family friend when he was shot while Coy was responding to a neighbor’s non-emergency complaint about someone stopping and starting a car outside.

Compensation
$10,000,000.00
Buffalo, New York 2021

The City of Buffalo will pay $215,000 to settle four lawsuits concerning police misconduct that occurred between 2010-2018 .

The cases settled involved Tremel Stone, who was shot by a police officer when fleeing arrest in 2010, Rodriguez Howard, who was injured in a car crash with a police vehicle in 2018, Sabriena Chiles, who was unlawfully arrested and imprisoned in 2016, and Raymond Walker, who was pulled over by an officer in 2018 for crossing a double yellow line without signaling. These settlements prompted a push for a civilian review board to investigate incidents of police misconduct.

Compensation
$215,000.00
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 2021

D.C. will pay $1.6 million to settle two lawsuits that alleged the D.C. police department engaged in false arrests, excessive force, and unlawful conditions of confinement for those arrested during demonstrations on Inauguration Day in 2017.

More than 100 protestors alleged that police officers used excessive force such as chemical irritants, batons, and grenades when handling demonstrators.

Compensation
$1,600,000.00
New York, New York 2021

A group of plaintiffs was awarded $750,000 on claims of injury caused by “sound cannons” during protests following the death of Eric Garner in 2014.

Under the settlement agreement in this excessive force case, the New York City Police Department also agreed to stop the use of the high-frequency “deterrent” or “alert” tone on its long-range acoustic devices, which the department has used in the past primarily to communicate with large crowds.

Policy changes
Compensation
$750,000.00
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2021

The City of Cedar Rapids settled an $8 million lawsuit in the wrongful shooting of Jerime Mitchell.

Sergeant Lucas Jones was fired in June 2020 for “violating department policy,” after shooting and paralyzing Jerime Mitchell. Jones was not indicted by a grand jury, but Mitchell filed a civil suit against him and the City of Cedar Rapids. The civil suit alleged Jones engaged in deceptive police practices and misconduct, such as violating police policies and procedures and turning off his recording equipment to hide his violations of police department policies.

Compensation
$8,000,000.00
Evanston, Illinois 2021

The Evanston City Council accepted a $90,000 settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit against the Evanston Police Chief, Demitrous Cook, who uploaded booking photos of over 30 people to his public Snapchat story.

The lawsuit was filed in May 2020 and claims that Cook violated plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment right to due process by publicly releasing their personal information. The photos contained plaintiffs’ full names, birth dates, and home addresses. Further, the lawsuit alleges that since only photos of non-White people were uploaded, there was a violation of plaintiffs’ right to Equal Protection. However, White people have committed criminal acts in Evanston yet were not subject to their personal information being released. Therefore, the complaint argues “[B]y treating minority civilians and Caucasian civilians in such a different manner, Defendant Cook violated Plaintiffs’ right under the Fourteenth Amendment to Equal Protection.”

Compensation
$90,000.00
Los Angeles, California 2021

The City of Los Angeles will pay about $1.6 million to settle three lawsuits filed against the Los Angeles Police Department for fatal shootings by the police and police misconduct at a “character building camp” operated by the department for children ages 6 to 12.

The city’s payouts include settlements of cases brought by private persons and cases brought by police officers against the Los Angeles Police Department. These payouts are connected to a longer history of the city paying over $245 million to remedy legal claims against the police department over the past 5.5 years.

Compensation
$1,600,000.00
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2021

The City of Minneapolis agreed to pay George Floyd’s family $27 million to settle the family’s lawsuit. Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in 2020 set off national and international protests concerning police brutality and racial justice.

The payout is another act in a series of police brutality payouts by Minneapolis: it was only two years ago when the city paid out $20 million to the family of Justine Ruszczyk, a woman killed by then-police officer Mohamed Noor.

Compensation
$27,000,000.00
New Jersey 2021

The City of Millville agreed to a $95,000 settlement of a lawsuit accusing a police officer of falsely testifying before a grand jury.

Millville Police Officer, Albert Chard Jr., testified that he was dragged by David Carpenter’s pick-up truck. Chard’s testimony led to a grand jury indicting Carpenter for aggravated assault on a police officer and eluding a police officer. A surveillance camera nearby showed that Chard “was not dragged across the street and that Carpenter did absolutely nothing to support his being indicted by the grand jury.” Carpenter was emotionally distressed over the incident, rarely leaving his house due to being ashamed. He filed suit in 2018. The settlement was described as a “compromise” made by the city’s insurer “for the sole purpose of terminating the litigation.”

Compensation
$95,000.00
Honolulu, Hawaii 2021

The City of Honolulu settled a lawsuit for $150,000 in which a Honolulu police officer was accused of wrongfully arresting a 15-year-old who claimed to be bullied by the officer’s son at school.

Jorge Rivera and his mother Jennifer Rivera sued the City and County of Honolulu, officer Kirk Uemura, and others in federal court. The lawsuit alleged that Uemura’s son and Rivera got into a fight over a girl. The following day, Uemura arrested Rivera after following his school bus to a nearby high school. He summoned other officers to take Rivera to the Kailua police station where the young boy was detained in handcuffs. The case highlighted the lack of policy in the Honolulu Police Department to prohibit officers from involving themselves in cases where they have a conflict of interest. A policy has since been recommended by the Honolulu Police Commission.

Policy changes
Compensation
$150,000.00
Portland, Oregon 2021

The City of Portland settled with the family of Quanice Hayes, a Black teenager who was shot and killed by a Portland police officer in 2017. Hayes’s family will receive around $2.1 million to settle the wrongful death lawsuit.

On February 9, 2017, Portland police officer Andrew Hearst, shot Hayes three times with an AR-15 rifle from 10 feet away. Hayes was on his knees with hands in the air. Police had cornered Hayes in a driveway in Northeast Portland, following reports of armed carjackings in the area. Hayes was not armed when Hearst killed him. A month later, Hearst was acquitted by a grand jury.

Compensation
$2,100,000.00
Rocky Mount, North Carolina 2021

A man was awarded $250,000 to settle a lawsuit where he claimed that he was assaulted and unlawfully arrested by a police officer.

Harold Cox filed suit, claiming that officer Michael Lamm body slammed him to the ground on September 7, 2018, and shattered his hip when trying to defuse an altercation between him and two women. Cox’s injuries required medical attention. Over a year and a half after the incident occurred, Cox was served an arrest warrant when Lamm falsely stated that Cox assaulted one of the women by hitting her with a homemade doorstop. The District Attorney’s Office eventually dismissed the charges.

Compensation
$250,000.00
Springfield, Illinois 2021

Springfield, Oregon officials announced a $150,000 settlement agreement with two men to dismiss their claims of excessive use of force by Springfield police.

Jubal Chaplin and Caleb Beechem sued the city and several officers in January 2020. They claimed that Springfield law enforcement officers unlawfully arrested them, detained them, and used excessive force. Beechem’s injuries included a broken wrist and “multiple deep bruises to his head;” Beechem’s injuries also required 12 stiches to his lip.

Compensation
$150,000.00
Loveland, Colorado 2021

Preston Sowl was awarded $300,000 in settlement of an excessive force lawsuit against the Loveland Police Department.

Sowl filed a lawsuit against the City of Loveland, the Loveland Police Department, and Loveland police officers Paul Ashe and Benjamin DeLima, Det. Clint Schnorr and Sgt. Brian Bartnes. In the lawsuit, Sowl claimed that the officers violated Sowl's constitutional rights when they arrested him for refusing to answer questions as a witness about a motorcycle crash outside of a Loveland bar in September 2019. Sowl was arrested by Officer Ashe and claimed that he needed shoulder surgery following the incident. The arrest was captured on body-worn camera footage.

Compensation
$300,000.00
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2021

The City of Minneapolis settled a lawsuit with Graciela Cisneros, who was injured by a police projectile while protesting George Floyd's death.

The city paid Cisneros and her attorneys $57,900. Cisneros suffered an eye injury when a police officer fired a projectile at her while she and her partner were walking home after a demonstration.

Compensation
$57,900.00
Miami, Florida 2021

Miami agreed to a settlement of $100,000 to Melissa Lopez to resolve an incident where Miami Police Department Captain Javier Ortiz broke Lopez’s wrist during an arrest in December 2017.

The settlement does not include an admission of guilt on the part of the city or Ortiz. Ortiz has been named in several police misconduct complaints in the past. In fact, “over his 17 years on the job — including eight as the union president of the Fraternal Order of Police in South Florida — 49 people have complained about him to Internal Affairs as he amassed 19 official use-of-force incidents, $600,000 in lawsuit settlements.”

Compensation
$100,000.00
Livonia, Michigan 2021

The City of Livonia paid Christopher Lee-Murray Bey $260,000 to settle a racial profiling lawsuit.

Court documents showed that Bey and his friends, who are all Black, were followed by undercover Livonia officers Andrew McKinley, Eric Eisenbeis, and Megan McAteer, while they were traveling in a minivan to a grocery store on March 16, 2013. Officer McKinley stated that he wanted to follow the minivan based on “a hunch.” The officers allegedly did not know that Bey and his friends were Black at the time of the investigation.

Compensation
$260,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2021

Chicago Aldermen settled a lawsuit brought by a Chicago man, Antwon Golatte, who was shot by police officers Jamie Gaeta and Harry Matheos during a traffic stop in February 2015. Officials later determined that the stop was unjustified.

Golatte will be compensated by the city by paying him $525,000 and forgiving approximately $45,000 in debt he owes to the city.

In February 2018, the Chicago Police Board took a vote to suspend Gaeta and Matheos without pay for a year each. The then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the Independent Police Review Authority recommended that both officers be fired. The two officers were reinstated in July 2018 and were re-trained. Both officers remain on the force.

Compensation
$570,000.00
Keller, Texas 2021

The City of Keller reached a civil lawsuit settlement with Marco Puente, who was pepper-sprayed and arrested for filming his son's arrest at a traffic stop.

Although the misconduct was settled quickly, the officers involved in the incident, Blake Shimanek and Ankit Tomer, remain employed by the Keller Police Department. Puente will receive $200,000, per the settlement agreement.

Compensation
$200,000.00
Albany, New York 2021

The City of Albany paid Armando Sanchez $100,000 and Mario Gorostiza $65,000. The two men claimed that they were falsely arrested and experienced excessive force when they were arrested for hosting a large house party in 2019.

An internal Albany Police Department report about the case revealed the misconduct of the officers involved, but also general mismanagement in the department. The Albany County District Attorney’s office dropped the charges against Sanchez and Gorostiza after one of the officers involved, Luke Deer, was charged with felony assault and official misconduct. Deer was suspended from the department. The lawsuit of a third man, Lee Childs, is awaiting adjudication.

Compensation
$165,000.00
Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021

The State of New Mexico has agreed to pay $218,000 to cover legal fees for Andrew Jones, who sued the Department of Public Safety (DPS) over records related to the death of his brother. Jones’ brother, James Boyd, was fatally shot by Albuquerque police in 2014.

Boyd was homeless and struggling with mental illness when he was surrounded by armed officers and fatally shot. The two former officers involved, Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy, were subsequently charged with second-degree murder, but their case ended in a mistrial. Jones requested his brother's case records but DPS only turned over some of the records and said they were exempt from such a disclosure due to the investigation being ongoing. The New Mexico Supreme Court found that DPS had violated the state Inspection of Public Records Act and that Jones was entitled to the attorney fees required to battle the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.

Compensation
$218,000.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2021

The City of Baltimore settled a lawsuit with Yusef Smith, who served jail time because of an officer’s false testimony.

Officer Michael O’Sullivan arrested Smith due to his proximity to a gun on the ground. Smith was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a handgun and other firearm offenses. O’Sullivan wrote a false statement saying that he saw Smith throw the gun before fleeing the scene. O’Sullivan repeated this testimony at trial, causing Smith to be convicted.  O’Sullivan was later convicted of perjury, sentenced to 15 months in prison, and then eventually resigned from the police department on December 1, 2020. Smith will receive $100,000 from the city.

Compensation
$100,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2021

In January 2021, the City of Chicago paid two Chicago men a settlement totaling $115,000 for being subjected to excessive force by Chicago law enforcement officers during the George Floyd protests.

One of the men, Ian Andrew Bowman, who received $75,000, said in his lawsuit that officers beat, kicked, choked, clubbed, and stomped on him without legal justification. The second man, Jonathan Ballew, a freelance journalist whose claim was settled for $40,000, alleged that he was “assaulted with a chemical agent.”

Compensation
$115,000.00
Wapato, Washington 2021

Former Wapato police chief, Michael Campos, will receive $125,000 to settle an employment claim he filed against the City of Wapato. Campos was previously fired for attempting to intimidate witnesses, lying under oath, and participating in investigations where he had a clear conflict of interest.

Campos filed the employment claim through his police union. Records will now reflect that he resigned from his position, per the terms of the settlement agreement.

Compensation
$125,000.00
Glastonbury, Connecticut 2020

Former police sergeant Kristin Shubert will receive an undisclosed sum of money to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

Shubert’s lawsuit claimed that the Glastonbury Police Department discriminated against Shubert on the basis of sex when the Department promoted a male lieutenant instead of her despite the fact that Shubert scored the highest on a hiring exam and had more experience.

Compensation
Undisclosed
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2020

The City of Minneapolis settled a case brought by Jerrod Burt for $170,000.

The case arose out of an incident where SWAT officers threw a flash-bang grenade into Burt’s car in violation of police department policy on the use of these devices. Officers did not announce themselves prior to encountering Burt and did not file a search warrant for Burt’s car. Burt had a friend in the vehicle who was wanted in connection with a nonviolent drug charge. Police did not find anything illegal in the car. Burt suffered severe burns when the flash-bang grenade exploded.

Compensation
$170,000.00
Euclid, Ohio 2020

Lamar Wright, a Black man living in Euclid, Ohio, will drop his lawsuit against the City of Euclid after the city agreed to pay Wright $475,000. The lawsuit concerned a 2016 police encounter Wright experienced, where police tased and pepper sprayed Wright at point blank range.

During the encounter, Wright reached for his colostomy bag when police officers fired non-lethal weapons at him. Prior news investigations into the Euclid police department revealed that 20 percent of Euclid officers accounted for 80 percent of use of force incidents.

Compensation
$475,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2020

Dnigma Howard, a 16-year-old Black female special needs student at Marshall High School, will receive $300,000 to settle a lawsuit concerning excessive police force at a Chicago Public School. In January 2019, Howard was tased and wrestled down a flight of stairs by school resource officers.

After receiving a suspension, officers alleged that Howard refused to leave the school premises. Howard was also charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, but those charges were dropped by the state’s attorney’s office a week after the incident.

Compensation
$300,000.00
San Luis Obispo, California 2020

Nick Regalia and Riley Manford received $70,000 in compensation from the City of San Luis Obispo after officers shot their dog in 2019.

An officer with the San Luis Obispo Police Department fired at the dog, claiming it was charging him, but this version of events was disputed by Regalia and Manford. The San Luis Obispo Police Department has implemented officer training on how to handle dog encounters.

Compensation
$70,000.00
Carteret, New Jersey 2020

Monte Stewart will receive $595,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. Stewart, who was 16 at the time, was “savagely beaten” by Carteret Police Officer Joseph Reiman during a 2017 arrest.

Reiman, the brother of Carteret’s mayor, Mayor Dan Reiman, was acquitted of criminal charges in Superior Court. The federal civil rights lawsuit contended that many officers who witnessed the incident failed to intervene because they feared retribution from the Mayor. Officer Reiman has faced numerous complaints of excessive force in the past.

Compensation
$595,000.00
Aurora, Colorado 2020

The Aurora Police Department paid Jamie Albert Torres Soto $285,000 to settle a lawsuit that Torres Soto filed in 2018. In November 2016, Aurora officers forced Torres Soto out of his garage, detained him, and then slammed him to the ground. The officers would later try to cover up the misconduct by charging Torres Soto with resisting arrest and failure to follow a lawful order, but Torres Soto was later acquitted of all charges.

The Aurora Police Department has had issues concerning police excessive use of force for years; the Department rose to infamy when it was involved with the death of Elijah McClain in 2019.

Compensation
$285,000.00
Seattle, Washington 2020

The City of Seattle settled a lawsuit by the family of Che Taylor for $1.5 million. The case arose from a fatal shooting by two police officers in 2016.

Taylor was killed by plainclothes police officers when they fired upon him outside his home. The officers, Michael Spaulding and Scott Miller, claimed they believed their lives to be in danger when they encountered Taylor, who they tried to arrest for unlawful possession of a handgun. Evidence in the case raised doubt about the officers’ claims that Taylor was armed.

Compensation
$1,500,000.00
Santa Fe County, New Mexico 2020

New Mexico state police will settle two police brutality lawsuits for $635,000.

Ryan Cordova was beaten by a police officer while handcuffed to a rail in the holding cell of the county jail in 2019. He will receive $335,000 to settle his lawsuit.

Jessica Guttman failed to immediately identify herself to a police officer, who then was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Due to a preexisting disability, Guttman started to suffer from seizures during the police encounter. Police waited more than 30 minutes to release Guttman so that she could receive medical attention. Guttman will receive $300,000.

Compensation
$635,000.00
Santa Fe County, New Mexico 2020

New Mexico state police will settle two police brutality lawsuits for $635,000.

Ryan Cordova was beaten by a police officer while handcuffed to a rail in the holding cell of the county jail in 2019. He will receive $335,000 to settle his lawsuit.

Jessica Guttman failed to immediately identify herself to a police officer, who then was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Due to a preexisting disability, Guttman started to suffer from seizures during the police encounter. Police waited more than 30 minutes to release Guttman so that she could receive medical attention. Guttman will receive $300,000.

Compensation
$635,000.00
Minneapolis, Minnesota 2020

The City of Minneapolis agreed to pay a nearly $1 million dollar settlement to Lucas McDonough, a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury from an off-duty officer.

Officer Clinton Toles, who was off duty at the time, assaulted McDonough at a bar in 2017. Toles identified himself as a police officer to McDonough. Two city officials who approved the settlement noted publicly that similarly situated settlements had done little to curb police misconduct in Minneapolis over the years and that settlement may have come to be viewed by officials as the cost of doing business.

Compensation
$1,000,000.00
Placer County, California 2020

Samuel Kolb was experiencing a mental health crisis when Placer County Deputy Curtis Honeycutt shot him, shattering one of his vertebrae. Kolb was paralyzed from the waist down. Placer County agreed to settle the case for $10 million.

Kolb’s son, who called 911 to get his father medical attention, did not claim his father presented as any clear danger to dispatchers, and that he was simply experiencing a mental health crisis that Kolb has regularly experienced before. Honeycutt claimed he shot Kolb because he feared for his life when Kolb stabbed him with a sharp object, but Kolb’s son testified he never saw his father attack Honeycutt and the deputy’s vest showed no signs of stabbing.

Compensation
$10,000,000.00
Phoenix, Arizona 2020

The City of Phoenix settled a lawsuit by the family of Ryan Whitaker for $3 million. The lawsuit was based on a deadly police shooting.

Ryan Whitaker was shot and killed by Phoenix police officers in May 2020, when officers were called to the scene involving a domestic dispute. Whitaker was holding a gun in his hand when he opened the door. Officers perceived Whitaker to be an eminent danger and shot him, although he did not fire his gun and appeared to be kneeling and putting his hands up, as seen through body worn cameras.

Compensation
$3,000,000.00
Fort Collins, Colorado 2020

Kimberly Chancellor sued the city alleging excessive force after she was pinned to the ground by a Fort Collins police officer in 2017. The city settled the lawsuit in 2020 for $125,000.

The officer involved in this incident was off duty and pursued Chancellor for speeding.

Compensation
$125,000.00
Tempe, Arizona 2020

The City of Tempe settled a lawsuit with Trevonyae Cumpian for $300,000, stemming from an aggressive police encounter.

Cumpian, a Black hotel worker, was threatened and held by gunpoint by officer Ronald Kerzaya for several minutes. Officer Kerzaya was responding to a call about an armed suspect at the hotel where Cumpian worked. The hotel manager told Kerzaya that the suspect was White. Kerzaya, however, held Cumpian by gun point for several minutes until the hotel manager could confirm that Cumpian was not the suspect.

Compensation
$300,000.00
Wildwood, New Jersey 2020

The City of Wildwood has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit concerning an aggressive police encounter with Emily Weinman.

In a now viral video, police officers can be seen confronting Weinman and administering a breathalyzer test over an unopened alcoholic beverage. As Weinman tells the officers she had not been drinking and begins to walk away, an officer can be heard saying, “Al[l ]right, you are about to get dropped.” According to the lawsuit, Weinman says that the officers were “twisting her arms, pulling her hair and choking her by firmly pressing a forearm against her throat that hindered her breathing.”

The officers, Thomas Canon and Robert Jordan, were not regular police officers, but instead class II officers that are seasonal positions the Jersey Shore towns regularly employ during the busy summer seasons.

Compensation
$325,000.00
Worthington, Minnesota 2020

The City of Worthington settled an excessive force case brought by Kelvin Rodriguez for $590,000.

Worthington Police Officers Mark Riley and Evan Eggers seriously injured Rodriguez during an arrest in January 2019 after Rodriguez had surrendered with his hands in the air and ignored Rodriquez’s repeated requests for medical care. When police did respond, Rodriguez had to be airlifted to a medical center and spent five days in intensive care.

Compensation
$590,000.00
Niskayuna, New York 2020

Erick Rosenberg alleged in a lawsuit that Niskayuna police officers used excessive force during a 2016 arrest. His claim was settled for $192,500.

As a result of the police encounter, Rosenberg had his arm broken by Niskayuna officers. He now has impaired use of the arm and in his hand.

Compensation
$192,500.00
Dunwoody, Georgia 2020

Yadata Osman claims that officers in Dunwoody, Georgia, intentionally ran him over with their car during a chase in 2017. Dunwoody’s insurance carrier will pay Osman $400,000 to settle the lawsuit, while the city and police department did not admit to any wrongdoing.

The injuries Osman sustained after being struck by a Dunwoody Police vehicle resulted in several surgeries and $370,000 in medical bills. Osman was pursued for driving erratically in a parking lot.

Compensation
$400,000.00
Manlius, New York 2020

Officer Kerryn Wolongevicz settled a claim of sexual harassment for a $200,000 with the Manlius Police Department.

Officer Wolongevicz, who no longer works in Manlius, was told that she would be disciplined if she complained about vulgar comments made in her presence by her colleagues. The village and town of Manlius will now offer sex discrimination training to its officers.

Compensation
$200,000.00
Santa Rosa, California 2020

Argelio Giron received a six-figure settlement after being shot in the groin by a rubber bullet during a protest against police brutality in May 2020.

The settlement payment will reimburse Giron for his medical expenses, related to the emergency surgery care he received after his encounter with police. There are additional legal proceedings pending against the city by six other demonstrators who allege they were subject to police violence during protests.

Compensation
$200,000.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2020

In November 2020, the City of Baltimore approved a multimillion-dollar payment to settle several lawsuits concerning the city’s Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF). The payments will settle seven cases of police misconduct against Baltimore’s corrupt GTTF and include $8 million to two men the GTTF planted narcotics on in 2010.

Umar Burley and Brent Matthews, the recipients of the largest settlement payment, served time in prison after an illegal car chase conducted by Baltimore Police. The chase resulted in the death of an 86-year-old man. Two separate but related lawsuits amounted to nearly $600,000 in settlement payments. Several officers on the GTTF were convicted of federal crimes, such as racketeering for robbing city residents.

Compensation
$10,000,000.00
Syracuse, New York 2020

The City of Syracuse will pay $400,000 to settle police brutality lawsuits.

Maurice Crawley and Jabari Boykins will each receive $200,000, after they both had encounters with the same police officer, Officer Vallon Smith, that spurred the lawsuits. In both cases, Smith used violent and aggressive methods to harm Crawley and Boykins.

Compensation
$400,000.00
Columbus, Ohio 2020

Columbus City officials announced in November 2020 that they intend to pay nearly $1 million dollars to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. Donna Castlebury, who was 23 years-old, was shot and killed by an undercover police officer in 2018.

Andrew Mitchell, the police officer who shot Castlebury, is facing criminal charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. He is the first Columbus police officer in two decades to face criminal prosecution for an on-duty killing.

Compensation
$1,000,000.00
New York, New York Yonkers, New York 2020

New settlement to prohibit NYPD from removing hijabs in police custody.

A settlement agreement prohibiting the New York Police Department from removing detainees’ hijabs while in police custody was reached on November 5, 2020, nearly two years after a lawsuit was filed in 2018.

The lawsuit may also have implications for police policies in Yonkers. The 2018 lawsuit claimed that it was illegal for the NYPD to remove religious attire for mugshots. Monetary settlements for the plaintiffs have yet to be reached.

Policy changes
Sitka, Alaska 2020

Mary Ferguson, a former officer with the Sitka Police Department, filed a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that she had experienced sexual harassment and discrimination based on her gender. The Department settled her case for $515,000.

During her tenure with the Sitka Police Department, Ferguson was the only female officer. Her discrimination complaint is one of several that has been leveled against the Department this year. The settlement agreement in this case has a unique provision that will allow Ferguson to conduct, at her own cost, an independent investigation into management practices by the Sitka Police Department.

Compensation
$515,000.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2020

Officials announce policy changes to limit discrimination in hiring by the police force.

Baltimore County announced in November 2020 that it will refrain from using written examinations for police recruitment purposes. A 2019 lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged that the County was engaging in unintentional employment discrimination against African Americans applicants.

The lawsuit asserted the African American applicants were discriminated against in the hiring of entry-level police officer and cadet positions by heavily weighing examination scores in hiring decisions. DOJ officials argued that hiring examinations were not job-related and disproportionately excluded African Americans.

Policy changes
Santa Monica, California 2020

The Santa Monica City Council voted to issue $42.6 million to the families of 23 victims who alleged that they had been sexually abused by a police department employee and member of the Police Activities League.

Eric Uller was accused of molesting several children whom he picked up from predominately Latino areas of the city, beginning in the 1980s. He used his job with the city to gain access to the boys, and the city had a series of reports on his behavior.

Compensation
$42,600,000.00
Kauai County, Hawaii 2020

The Kauai Police Department settled claims by Officer Mark Begley alleging retaliation and harassment after he encouraged another employee to report an incident of sexual harassment. The case was settled for $1.8 million.

Begley’s complaint centered on former Kauai Police Chief Darryl Perry. Begley alleged that he was subjected to retaliation by the Chief and his subordinates for over nine years, beginning in 2012. Primarily, this retaliation came in the form of investigations which Begley claims were intended to force him out of the Department.

Compensation
$1,840,000.00
Eugene, Oregon 2020

Henry Houston, a journalist who was injured by police activity while working during a protest against police brutality, will receive a $45,000 settlement from the City of Eugene.

Houston’s injuries were sustained after being shot with pepperballs and teargas during the protests. He filed his lawsuit to push for policy changes in the way police interact with journalists covering protests.

Compensation
$45,000.00
Indianapolis, Indiana 2020

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department agrees not to use tear gas on peaceful protestors.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department settled a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on Oct. 29, 2020 to end the use of riot control agents against peaceful, law-abiding protesters and passive resistors.

The case was filed on behalf of Indy10 Black Lives Matter and individual protesters, who were exposed to chemical riot control agents, namely tear gas, during protests in late May 2020. The agreement also limited the circumstances in which the department can use impact weapons, such as rubber bullets.

Policy changes
Pittsburg, California 2020

Humberto Martinez was killed during an encounter with Pittsburg, California police in 2016 during which he was subjected to a carotid hold for 50 seconds resulting in his death. The claim was settled for $7.3 million in 2020.

Mr. Martinez fled a traffic stop and was restrained by Pittsburg Police inside a stranger’s home. The use of the carotid hold has since been banned by the City of Pittsburg. This settlement is one of the largest payments made to a victim of a police killing in California history.

Compensation
$7,300,000.00
Columbus, Ohio 2020

Officer Karl Shaw, a Black police officer of the Columbus Division of Police, alleged that he has been subject to retaliation for reporting racist behavior and other instances of police misconduct.

Officer Shaw has worked for the Columbus Division of Police for 28 years. The settlement admits no wrongdoing but agrees to Officer Shaw’s demand that future instances of retaliation be treated as a terminable offense. Three other officers have made similar allegations against the Department which are currently pending.

Compensation
$475,000.00
Las Cruces, New Mexico 2020

In October 2020, the City of Las Cruces settled a lawsuit concerning excessive use of police force.

Jacob Sanchez sustained heavy injuries when Las Cruces Police Officer Isaiah Baker improperly handled a K-9 unit. The city has agreed to pay Mr. Sanchez nearly $325,000 to settle the suit. This is the third lawsuit concerning misconduct against Officer Baker.

Compensation
$325,000.00
Waterloo, Iowa 2020

In 2015, Jovan Webb was shot by police while attempting to leave a nightclub. A settlement for a $400,000 payout was reached in 2020.

Webb, a Black man, was fired at by multiple officers while he was inside his car because they erroneously believed that he might be dragging an officer that had pursued his vehicle on foot. The officers had been responding to a disturbance at the nightclub.

Compensation
$400,000.00
Vallejo, California 2020

In an incident caught on video in 2017, Vallejo Police Officers were shown severely beating Carl Edwards while he was attempting to fix his own fence. In 2020, Vallejo city officials agreed to pay Edwards $750,000 to settle the case.

The Vallejo Police Department is currently under investigation by the California Department of Justice after a string of reported incidents of police violence revealed a pattern of excessive use of force within the Department. Police targeted Edwards despite the fact that he did not fit the description of a suspect they were looking for based on a 911 call.

Compensation
$750,000.00
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020

The City of Pittsburgh will pay out $392,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from an injury resulting from a high-speed chase

In 2015, Pittsburgh Police Department officers pursued a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop, which resulted in a crash. A 12-year old girl, only identified in official documents as “D.H.,” suffered from brain damage and other significant injuries due to the crash. D.H.’s family alleged the Pittsburgh Police Department had a widespread practice of high-speed chases resulting from traffic stops.

Compensation
$392,000.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2020

The Baltimore Police Department settled claims of sexual harassment and discrimination with Luis Garcia, a Hispanic Officer, for $62,000.

Officer Garcia’s lawsuit alleged that the Baltimore Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against Hispanic men. His suit was filed separately but is related to another settlement granted to Officer Jasmin Rowlett.

Compensation
$62,000.00
Jackson, Tennessee 2020

In 2020, The City of Jackson approved a settlement just over $1 million, which arose from problems with arrest warrants that led two city residents to alleged that they had been wrongfully detained

City attorneys handling the case have stated that the issues leading to this lawsuit have probably been ongoing for over three years, and other city officials claim that they have been going on for decades. If it continued, this lawsuit could have implicated tens of thousands of warrants.

Compensation
$1,050,000.00
Prince George's County, Maryland 2020

In September 2020, attorneys for Prince George's County, Maryland approved a settlement for $20 million for the family of William Green, a Black man who was fatally shot by police while handcuffed to a police cruiser.

William Green was 43 years old when he was shot and killed by a Prince George's County police officer, Corporal Michael A. Owen Jr. In addition to the settlement, second-degree murder charges have been filed against Owen. The settlement represents one of the largest payments for police misconduct settlements in U.S. history.

Compensation
$20,000,000.00
Walnut Creek, California 2020

Walnut Creek government officials announced a $4 million payout to a family of an individual who was shot and killed by police. Miles Hall, a Black man, was fatally shot by officers in 2019 during a mental health episode.

Hall’s family called the police the day of Miles’s death hoping that officers could help manage him safely. Hall suffered from a schizoaffective disorder. This payment settles a civil suit, but a criminal investigation is underway to determine whether the officers involved are guilty of unlawful use of force.

Compensation
$4,000,000.00
Louisville, Kentucky 2020

The City of Louisville paid $12 million to the Taylor family in connection with the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor was asleep at home when police executed a dubiously obtained “no-knock” warrant. When Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend fired a warning shot to dissuade the intruders, police opened fire and shot Ms. Taylor five times.

City officials for Louisville approved a $12 million dollar settlement to end a civil lawsuit by Breonna Taylor’s family. The settlement is one of the largest in U.S. history for a police shooting and carries several policy ramifications, including stronger transparency obligations and search warrant reform. The settlement does not include any type of apology or admission of wrongdoing by the city and the police, and the Taylor family is precluded from suing the city in the future for Breonna Taylor’s death.

Compensation
$12,000,000.00
New York, New York 2020

Johanna Pagan-Alomar, a Bronx resident, will receive $1.25 million to resolve a lawsuit against the NYPD, stemming from a 2018 incident that left Pagan-Alomar without her left eye.

The Pagan-Alomar settlement represents only one of the multimillion-dollar settlements against the NYPD this year. In 2019, New York City spent more than $68 million in settlements in response to over 1,000 lawsuits.

Compensation
$1,250,000.00
Portland, Oregon 2020

In September 2020, Portland city officials approved a $975,000 settlement for Lane Martin’s family, a 31-year-old man who was fatally shot by police while suffering from a mental health crisis.

Lane Martin was fatally shot by a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officer in July 2019. Officer Gary Doran did not face charges for actions resulting in Martin’s death. According to public documents, the PPB was aware that Lane Martin suffered from mental health issues.

Compensation
$975,000.00
Vallejo, California 2020

Vallejo city officials agreed to pay Ronnell Foster’s family $5.7 million in connection with a fatal police shooting.

Ronnell Foster was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Vallejo Police Officer Ryan McMahon. McMahon was later terminated by the Vallejo Police Department but will not face criminal charges.

Compensation
$5,700,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2020

Officer Lauren Kubiack was transferred to an undesirable patrol assignment after reporting that she had been threatened by one of her coworkers in 2012. She will receive $3.8 million dollars to settle the lawsuit. The settlement will also enact new policy changes for the Chicago Police Department.

Kubiack’s case raises the “code-of-silence" that discourages officers across the country from reporting problems within their departments. The officer who threatened Kubiack has had 31 internal affairs complaints as well as a federal lawsuit leveled against him. Kubiack initially filed an administrative complaint requesting to be placed back in her assignment with Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs, but her request was denied.

Compensation
$3,800,000.00
Phoenix, Arizona 2020

Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper will receive an undisclosed amount of money as compensation for officers pointing guns at them after their four-year-old daughter was accused of shoplifting a doll in Phoenix, Arizona.

In their claim against the City of Phoenix, Ames and Harper made a $10 million demand. The viral incident resulting in this settlement led the Phoenix Police Department to fire an officer and implement a policy where a report must be filed each time a gun is pointed at someone.

Compensation
Undisclosed
Los Angeles, California 2020

Former Lieutenant Raymond Garvin, of the Los Angeles Police Department, settled a claim for $700,000 after he was demoted for reporting misconduct.

Garvin, who led the Department’s Bomb Detection Canine Section, reported an incident that happened at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017 where he believed a dog handler sabotaged another dog handler, “by purposefully confusing his peer’s dog during a Federal bomb-sniffing certification test.” Garvin also reported inappropriate professional relationships in the Department. After Garvin’s reports, claims started to arise that Garvin was creating a hostile work environment and made racially charged remarks. The claims against Garvin were later determined to be baseless, but Garvin remained demoted and would not be reinstated to his original position.

Compensation
$700,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2020

Chicago Aldermen in September 2020 agreed to settle four lawsuits concerning police misconduct for $6.65 million.

Two of the lawsuits concerned fatal police shootings of two Black men: Paul O’Neal Jr., who was 18 at the time, and Martice Milliner, who was 27, were both shot and killed by Chicago police officers. Chicago also settled a separate lawsuit concerning a claim of retaliation arising out of a report by one police officer against another officer for verbal abuse and threatening conduct and another settlement involved a claim about armed officers breaking into an apartment based on an inaccurate warrant.

Compensation
$6,650,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2020

In 2017, Ricardo Hayes, who was 18 years old at the time, was shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer. He will now receive $2.25 million dollars to settle the lawsuit.

Hayes has developmental disabilities and was unarmed at the time of his shooting. It is unclear why he was targeted by an off-duty police officer, but the incident was caught on video and the officer involved in the incident was suspended for six months.

Compensation
$2,250,000.00
Las Cruces, New Mexico 2020

In August 2020, Las Cruces, New Mexico agreed to pay $6.5 million to the family of a Mexican American man who was killed by a police officer.

Antonio Valenzuela, 40, had a warrant out for his arrest for a parole violation. When he encountered Las Cruces officers, he reportedly resisted arrest and fled. Officer Christopher Smelser would later detain Valenzuela and put him in a chokehold. Valenzuela subsequently died from asphyxia injuries. The settlement also establishes new policy changes for Las Cruces police, which will ban all chokeholds and fire any officer that violates this new policy.

Compensation
$6,500,000.00
Troy, New York 2020

In August 2021, the City of Troy agreed to pay $1.55 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Edson Thevenin, who was fatally shot during a DWI stop in April 2016.

Cinthia Thevenin filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Troy Police Department following the death of her 37-year-old husband, Edson Thevenin. The lawsuit alleges that Thevenin was wrongfully killed by Sergeant French during a DWI stop in April 2016. An internal department investigation found that French had forced Thevenin’s car off the road and lied about aspects of the case. Following the death of Sergeant French due to COVID-19 complications, the city ultimately decided to settle the lawsuit.

Compensation
$1,550,000.00
Detroit, Michigan 2020

The City of Detroit approved a $75,000 payment to a woman whose dog was shot and killed during a drug raid.

Detroit resident Kira Thorne filed a lawsuit against the city alleging that the police department violated her civil rights by shooting her dog without cause during a narcotics raid. This is the fourth lawsuit in recent history where Detroit police have shot and killed a resident’s dog.

Compensation
$75,000.00
Charlotte, North Carolina 2020

In July 2021, the City of Charlotte agreed to ban the use of tear gas and other chemical weapons during protests in order to settle a lawsuit arising out of the protests that occurred in the Charlotte following the death of George Floyd.

The agreement also requires that dispersal orders be clearly communicated and repeated in English and Spanish to allow protesters reasonable time to disperse.

Policy changes
New York, New York 2020

In July 2021, the City of New York agreed to pay $567,500 to Tomas Medina, who had filed a complaint against the New York Police Department (NYPD) alleging that he was put in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2018. The city will pay $562,500 and the officer will contribute $5,000 out of his own pocket.

The complaint, filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, alleged that former detective Fabio Nunez had placed Medina in a chokehold and tased him 13 times when responding to a noise complaint. At the time, choke holds had been banned by the police department. Since beginning as an officer, Nunez has been named in several lawsuits alleging excessive force and other forms of misconduct. After attempting to have the case dismissed, a district judge ruled that the city and NYPD officials could be held liable, leading the city to settle for $567,500.

Compensation
$567,500.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2020

The Baltimore Police Department settled claims of race and sex-based discrimination as well as sexual harassment with Jasmin Rowlett, a Black female officer

Rowlett and fellow Officer Luis Garcia were accused of fraternization by their colleagues, who also spread rumors about a relationship between the two. Rowlett also alleged that her supervisor made suggestive comments towards her.

Compensation
$77,000.00
Denver, Colorado 2020

New settlement to limit use of non-lethal weapons by Denver Police Department.

In June 2020, the City of Denver agreed to limit the use of non-lethal weapons, such as tear-gas, flashbangs, and rubber bullets, in order to settle a pair of lawsuits stemming from protests against police misconduct during the summer.

The lawsuits alleged that members of the Denver Police Department misused non-lethal weapons during Denver’s George Floyd protests. A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on the activity, but the order was set to expire in a few days. Prior to the order’s expiration, the city announced an agreement to limit violent police responses to protests. The new agreement requires that only police sergeants or above can approve the use of force and all officers must actively use body cameras when interacting with protestors, among other things.

Policy changes
Atlantic City, New Jersey 2020

Antoine Jones and Brian Wilson alleged that they were racially profiled during a traffic stop in which they were repeatedly threatened with violence by an officer with the Atlantic City Police Department.

Neither Jones nor Wilson were charged with any traffic violations after their encounter with police. The officers involved in the incident have both been involved in past incidents of misconduct.

Compensation
Undisclosed
King County, Washington 2020

King County officials agreed to pay MiChance Dunlap-Gittens’ family $2.75 million in connection with the 2017 fatal police shooting of the 17-year-old.

The lawsuit also spurred new policy initiatives with the King County Sheriff’s Office, which now requires officers to use body and dashboard cameras. Dunlap-Gittens was shot seven times by officers in a failed sting operation concerning alcohol.

Compensation
$2,500,000.00
Boulder, Colorado 2020

Zayd Atkinson is a Black university student who was asked for identification by police to prove that he lived at his home while taking out his own trash. The City of Boulder approved a $125,000 payment to Atkinson in 2020.

The officer who confronted Atkinson resigned from the Boulder Police Department, and the Department enhanced oversight in response to national media coverage of the incident.

Compensation
$125,000.00
Buffalo, New York 2020

Wilson Morales was 17 years old when he was shot by a Buffalo police officer and paralyzed from the chest down during a car chase.

This settlement is one of the largest in the city’s history. Officers claimed that they feared Morales was trying to back his van into them when he reversed off a curb during the chase when the shooting occurred.

Compensation
$4,500,000.00
Naperville, Illinois 2020

Naperville, Illinois | Naperville, Illinois government officials approved a $430,000 payment to Frances Reitz to settle a lawsuit concerning police excessive use of force.

The lawsuit stems from a police encounter alleging that Naperville police officers violently detained Reitz, by throwing her to the ground, without cause. Under the agreement Reitz will drop the lawsuit against the city, and the settlement is not an “admission of liability.”

Compensation
$430,000.00
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2020

NBA Player Sterling Brown agreed to a $750,000 settlement to drop his lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department.

The lawsuit and settlement stems from a 2018 encounter Brown had with the police. Brown alleged that police used excessive force when they detained Brown for parking in a handicapped spot and proceeded to wrestle him to the ground, tase him, and step on his ankle.

Compensation
$750,000.00
Martinsburg, West Virginia 2020

The City of Martinsburg, West Virginia, has agreed to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by the family of a homeless Black man who was shot and killed by police.

Wayne Arnold Jones was shot twenty-two times by Martinsburg police in March 2020. Officers claimed that they shot Jones after he had attacked them violently, and they were not able to restrain him with a stun gun.

Compensation
$3,500,000.00
Tacoma, Washington 2020

The City of Tacoma agreed to an $8 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by a man who was paralyzed during a police shooting in 2011.

Officer Kristopher Clark shot Than Orn’s vehicle ten times when Orn tried to swerve around Clark’s patrol car, which was blocking the exit of an apartment building parking lot. After the shooting, Orn was charged with assault on a police officer but was later acquitted of those charges in a jury trial. Orn is now paralyzed from the chest down.

Compensation
$8,000,000.00
New York, New York 2010 - 2019

Between 2010 and 2014, New York City spent $601.3 million on police misconduct cases, and spent nearly $270 million on police misconduct claims in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, New York City spent $601.3 million on police misconduct cases. In 2015, the city paid $5.9 million to the estate of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a police chokehold. Additionally, a report released by the New York City Comptroller’s Office disclosed that the city spent nearly $270 million to resolve police misconduct claims in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. A recent analysis of data published by the New York City Law Department, detailing information on civil actions alleging police misconduct, showed that in 2019 the city was responsible for over $68 million in payouts to resolve nearly 1,400 civil lawsuits filed against the department.

Compensation
$945,200,000.00
Miami, Florida 2010 - 2019

In 2015, the City of Miami paid a settlement worth $1 million for an unjustified police shooting, and settled an excessive force lawsuit in 2019 for $65,000.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, Miami-Dade spent $3.1 million on police misconduct cases.

In 2015, the City of Miami settled a federal civil rights lawsuit worth nearly $1 million with the family of Travis McNeil, who was shot and killed by police detective Reynaldo Goyos in 2011.

In 2019, Miami settled another police misconduct lawsuit for $65,000. The suit had accused Captain Javier Ortiz of the Miami Police Department (who was a lieutenant, and the head of the Miami Police Department’s union at the time of the incident) of using excessive force following a traffic stop in 2015.

Compensation
$4,165,000.00
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 2019

In 2019, East Pittsburgh reached a $2 million settlement with the family of a man killed in an unlawful shooting.

In October 2019, the City of East Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania reached a $2 million settlement with the family of Antwon Rose, Jr., a 17-year-old who was unarmed when he was killed in a police shooting in 2018. Prior to the finalization of the settlement, the officer was acquitted of criminal homicide.

Compensation
$2,000,000.00
Portland, Oregon 2019

In 2019, Portland agreed to a $10,000 settlement to resolve a police misconduct case.

In 2019, the City of Portland agreed to a $10,000 settlement with a woman who accused police of assaulting her with a baton in October 2016. According to local news reports, the woman alleged that officers beat her with the baton on the chest and forearm as she watched a downtown protest.

Compensation
$10,000.00
Indianapolis, Indiana 2019

In 2019, Indianapolis agreed to a settlement worth $2.15 million to resolve a police misconduct case.

In June 2019, the City of Indianapolis agreed to a settlement worth $2.15 million for Gerald Cole, who was shot twice in the back by Officer James Perry of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, leaving Mr. Cole partially paralyzed.

Compensation
$2,150,000.00
Charlotte, North Carolina 2019

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has settled several wrongful shooting lawsuits in recent years.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has settled a number of lawsuits in recent years involving wrongful shootings. This includes a $2.25 million settlement following the shooting of Jonathan Ferrell; a $115,000 settlement award to Charlotte teenager Jeffrey Green, who was wounded in a police shooting; and $700,000 paid to the estate of Anthony Wayne Furr, who was working on a cellphone tower when he was fatally shot by police in 2006.

Compensation
$3,065,000.00
San Francisco, California 2019

In March 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a $13.1 million settlement to resolve a police misconduct matter

In March 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a police misconduct settlement of $13.1 million to Jamal Trulove, who was wrongly convicted of murder in 2010 and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. After spending six years in prison, an Oakland jury acquitted Mr. Trulove in a 2015 retrial, which determined that two police officers (who have since retired) fabricated evidence and did not disclose exculpatory material.

Compensation
$13,100,000.00
Honolulu, Hawaii 2014 - 2019

In 2014, Honolulu paid $1.4 million to the family of a man who was suffocated while in police custody, and agreed to a $550,000 settlement in 2019 to remedy misconduct committed by the police chief.

In 2014, Honolulu paid $1.4 million to the family of Aaron Torres, who was suffocated while in police custody. In March 2019, the Honolulu City Council agreed to pay $550,000 to a retired police lieutenant to resolve a 2009 lawsuit filed against the Honolulu Police Department regarding the conduct of Police Chief Susan Ballard, who improperly tampered with recruits’ test scores when she oversaw the department’s training division.

Compensation
$1,955,000.00
Tucson, Arizona 2019

Tucson paid a settlement of $300,000 in January 2019 to resolve a police misconduct lawsuit.

In January 2019, a family received a settlement total of $300,000 after filing a lawsuit against the City of Tucson and several officers of the Tucson Police Department. The lawsuit accused the officers of detaining members of the Wyatt family, forcing them to lie on the ground after they approached a traffic stop occurring near their home.

Compensation
$300,000.00
Baltimore, Maryland 2010 - 2019

Between 2010 and 2014, Baltimore spent $12 million on police misconduct cases; between 2015 and 2019, Baltimore taxpayers paid a total of $24.5 million for police misconduct settlements.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Baltimore spent $12 million on police misconduct cases. A separate analysis conducted by Baltimore Brew concluded that Baltimore taxpayers paid $24.5 million for police misconduct settlements between fiscal years 2015 and 2019.

Compensation
$36,500,000.00
Phoenix, Arizona 2008 - 2018

Phoenix paid more than $26 million to settle 191 police misconduct claims between fiscal years 2008 and 2018, including $5.6 million paid between 2010 and 2014.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Phoenix spent $5.6 million on police misconduct cases. A separate analysis using data from the Phoenix Finance Department also reported that between fiscal years 2008 and 2018, the city paid more than $26 million to settle 191 claims of police misconduct.

Compensation
$26,000,000.00
Los Angeles, California 2005 - 2018

Between 2005 and 2018, Los Angeles paid more than $190 million for police misconduct settlements, including $57.1 million paid between 2010 and 2014.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Los Angeles spent $57.1 million on police misconduct cases. A separate analysis conducted by The Los Angeles Times in 2018 concluded that the city paid more than $190 million for police misconduct settlements from July 2005 to 2018.

Compensation
$190,000,000.00
San Jose, California 2018

In 2018, San Jose paid a $125,000 settlement to five men who were wrongfully arrested for lewd conduct.

In 2018, the City of San Jose paid a $125,000 settlement to five men who were arrested for lewd conduct in an undercover operation and ultimately found to be innocent. The investigation that resulted in these charges targeted and discriminated against the gay community.

Compensation
$125,000.00
Chicago, Illinois 2010 - 2018

Between 2010 and 2014, Chicago spent $249.7 million on police misconduct cases; in the first part of 2018, it spent over $45 million on police misconduct settlements.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Chicago spent $249.7 million on police misconduct cases. In 2015, the city paid $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer 16 times as he walked away from the officer. A separate analysis conducted by local news source NBC5 Chicago determined that the city paid over $45 million to resolve police misconduct cases between January and July 2018.

Compensation
$295,000,000.00
Detroit, Michigan 2018

Detroit paid $19.1 million for police misconduct settlements between 2015 and 2018.

According to the reporting of local news source 7 Action News, the City of Detroit paid $19.1 million for police misconduct settlements between 2015 and 2018. Two of the larger settlements, for $400,000 and $925,000, respectively, arose from unlawful shooting claims.

Compensation
$19,100,000.00
Ferguson, Missouri 2017

Ferguson paid $1.5 million to the family of Michael Brown in 2017.

In 2017, the City of Ferguson paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown, who was killed by officer Darren Wilson in 2014.

Compensation
$1,500,000.00
Denver, Colorado 2004 - 2017

From 2004 to 2017, Denver paid $28 million for police and jail claims.

According to The Denver Post’s review of data provided by the Denver City Attorney’s office, the City of Denver paid nearly $28 million for police and jail claims from 2004 to 2017. During the same time period, 82 percent of all settlements sent to the Denver City Council for approval (a total of $33.7 million) were for police and jail related claims. In September 2019, the Denver City Council approved a settlement total of $500,000 in an excessive force and malicious prosecution lawsuit filed against the Denver Police Department.

Compensation
$14,500,000.00
Montgomery County, Maryland 2017

In 2017, Montgomery County, Maryland paid a $45,000 settlement for a wrongful arrest.

In 2017, Montgomery County, Maryland reached a $45,000 settlement with photographer Mannie Garcia for a 2011 wrongful arrest.

Compensation
$45,000.00
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2015 - 2017

From 2015 to 2017, Milwaukee paid $21.4 million in police misconduct settlements.

From 2015 to 2017, the City of Milwaukee paid $21.4 million in settlements for police misconduct cases, including interest and attorneys’ fees.

Compensation
$21,400,000.00
Cleveland, Ohio 2014 - 2016

Cleveland paid more than $13.2 million in police misconduct settlements between 2014 and 2016, including a $6 million settlement following the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice

The City of Cleveland paid more than $13.2 million to settle police misconduct lawsuits between 2014 and 2016, including a $6 million settlement to the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann in November 2014.

Compensation
$13,200,000.00
New Orleans, Louisiana 2016

In 2016, New Orleans reached a settlement worth $13.3 million to resolve a police misconduct lawsuit.

In 2016, the City of New Orleans reached a settlement worth $13.3 million for 17 plaintiffs, including individuals who were injured and families of people who were killed during violent interactions with police in the weeks prior to and following Hurricane Katrina.

Compensation
$13,300,000.00
Waller County, Texas 2016

Waller County, Texas paid $1.9 million to the family of Sandra Bland in 2016.

In 2016, Waller County, Texas paid $1.9 million to the family of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody after initially being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change.

Compensation
$1,900,000.00
St. Louis, Missouri 2010 - 2016

The St. Louis Police Department paid $4.7 million for police misconduct settlements between 2010 and 2016.

In 2012, the St. Louis Police Department paid $212,500 to the family of Normane Bennet, who was shot by police following their pursuit of him in an attempt to make a drug arrest. In 2013, the department agreed to pay $400,000 to the family of Cary Ball, who was shot 212 times by police following a pursuit, and also paid $900,000 to the survivors of Anthony Lamar Smith, who was fatally shot by police. According to a review of police settlement cases between 2010 and early 2016, these were among the largest of 44 settlements—totaling $4.7 million—by the department.

Compensation
$4,700,000.00
Columbus, Ohio 2010 - 2015

Columbus paid $1.9 million to resolve police misconduct claims from 2010 to 2015.

According to an analysis of city records conducted by The Columbus Dispatch, lawsuits and claims of police misconduct and civil rights violations resulted in $1.9 million in payouts by the City of Columbus from 2010 to 2015.

Compensation
$1,900,000.00
Austin, Texas 2013 - 2015

Between 2013 and 2015, Austin paid an average of $1.1 million annually in settlement payouts, including for police misconduct.

According to an analysis of data provided by the Austin City Law Department, between 2013 and 2015, Austin paid an average of $1.1 million annually in settlement payouts, including for police misconduct.

Compensation
$1,100,000.00
El Paso, Texas 2013 - 2015

Between 2013 and 2015, El Paso paid an average of $960K annually in settlement payouts, including for police misconduct.

According to an analysis of data provided by the El Paso City Attorney, between 2013 and 2015, El Paso paid an average of $960K annually in lawsuit settlements, including for police misconduct.

Compensation
$2,880,000.00
San Diego, California 2008 - 2015

Between 2008 and 2016, the San Diego Police Department spent $25 million to resolve lawsuits, some of which were for police misconduct.

In 2016, local news channel NBC 7 reviewed every lawsuit involving the San Diego Police Department since 2008. It determined that taxpayers paid more than $25 million since 2008 to settle lawsuits against the department. Specifically, settlement payouts ranged from $1.1 million (in 2008), nearly $5 million (in 2013), and $9.5 million (in 2015). According to NBC 7’s analysis, the department settled an average of 177 claims per year, and the biggest individual payouts involved police misconduct allegations.

Compensation
$25,000,000.00
Seattle, Washington 2015

In 2015, Seattle paid nearly $2 million to resolve an excessive force lawsuit.

In 2015, the City of Seattle paid nearly $2 million to Nathaniel Caylor, who was shot in the face by police. It was the largest excessive force settlement in the city’s history.

Compensation
$2,000,000.00
Boston, Massachusetts 2015

In 2015, Boston spent more than $36 million on 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits filed against the Boston Police Department, nine of which were worth over $1 million.

In 2015, The Boston Globe reported that the City of Boston spent more than $36 million to remedy 2,000 legal claims and lawsuits filed against the Boston Police Department since 2005. Twenty-two of the payouts were worth over $100,000, including nine worth over $1 million.

Compensation
$36,000,000.00
Fairfax County, Virginia 2015

In 2015, Fairfax County, Virginia agreed to pay $2.95 million to resolve a wrongful death lawsuit.

In 2015, Fairfax County, Virginia agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of John Geer, who was shot and killed by a county police officer in 2013.

Compensation
$2,950,000.00
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 2010 - 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, the District of Columbia spent $30.5 million on police misconduct cases.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the District of Columbia spent $30.5 million on police misconduct cases. A separate analysis conducted by The Washington Post determined that the city spent $31.6 million between 2005 and 2016 on court judgments or settlements in 173 cases alleging police misconduct.

Compensation
$30,500,000.00
Houston, Texas 2010 - 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, Houston spent $3.2 million on police misconduct cases.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Houston spent $3.2 million on police misconduct cases.

Compensation
$3,200,000.00
Dallas, Texas 2010 - 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, Dallas spent $6.9 million on police misconduct cases.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Dallas spent $6.9 million on police misconduct cases.

Compensation
$6,900,000.00
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2010 - 2014

Between 2010 and 2014, Philadelphia spent $54.3 million on police misconduct cases.

In 2015, The Wall Street Journal released an analysis of settlement totals from instances of police misconduct among the ten largest local police departments in the nation. Many of the cases involved in the analysis involved alleged beatings, shootings, and wrongful imprisonment. The analysis determined that, between 2010 and 2014, the City of Philadelphia spent $54.3 million on police misconduct cases.

Compensation
$54,300,000.00
Nassau County, New York 2006 - 2013

Nassau County, New York spent over $100 million on lawsuit settlements and judgments from 2006 to 2013, including for police misconduct matters.

A 2015 analysis revealed that Nassau County spent over $100 million on lawsuit settlements and judgments between 2006 and 2013. The assessment included an analysis of 2,709 individual payments, and included, but were not limited to, incidents of police misconduct.

Compensation
$101,500,000.00
Suffolk County, New York 2006 - 2013

Suffolk County, New York spent $37.4 million on settlements between 2006 and 2013, including for police misconduct lawsuits.

According to a 2015 analysis, Suffolk County, New York paid $37.4 million on lawsuit settlements and judgments between 2006 and 2013, including for police misconduct suits.

Compensation
$37,400,000.00
Las Vegas, Nevada 2011 - 2013

Between 2011 and 2013, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police paid more than $5 million in legal settlements.

Between 2011 and 2013, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police paid more than $5 million in legal settlements. This includes a $1.7 million settlement awarded to the estate of Trevon Cole who was shot and killed by police during a raid; a $1 million settlement awarded to the relatives of Dustin Boone, who died due to a chokehold used by officers; and a $1.5 million settlement for Dwayne Jackson, who was wrongfully convicted and served four years in prison due to a DNA mix-up.

Compensation
$5,000,000.00
Prince George's County, Maryland 2012

In 2012, Prince George’s County, Maryland agreed to a settlement of $3.6 million for police misconduct.

In 2012, Prince George’s County, Maryland agreed to pay a settlement total of $3.6 million to 10 University of Maryland students who alleged they were wrongfully arrested, and several assaulted, following local riots in 2010.

Compensation
$3,600,000.00
Atlanta, Georgia 2010

In 2010, Atlanta paid $4.9 million to the family of a woman killed during an illegal raid; the city also spent nearly $4 million in legal settlements involving the police department from 2015 to 2018.

In 2010, the City of Atlanta paid the family of Kathryn Johnston—a 92-year-old woman who was killed during an illegal raid of her home—a $4.9 million settlement. A local news source also determined that Atlanta paid out nearly $4 million in 22 legal settlements involving the Atlanta Police Department from 2015 to 2018.

Compensation
$4,900,000.00
Fort Worth, Texas 2010

In 2010, Fort Worth paid $2 million to the family of a man who died from taser shocks administered by police.

In 2010, the City of Fort Worth paid $2 million to the family of Michael Jacobs, Jr., who died as a result of two taser shocks administered by police during an altercation in April 2009.

Compensation
$2,000,000.00
Dekalb County, Georgia 2009

In 2009, DeKalb County, Georgia agreed to a $165,000 settlement involving police misconduct.

In 2009, DeKalb County, Georgia reached a settlement of $165,000 with a homeless man who claimed that a police officer drove the man to neighboring Rockdale County and ordered him out of the car. When the man refused, a physical altercation ensued between the two. Ultimately, Officer Ronald Jones was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and violating his oath of office.

Compensation
$165,000.00