May 25, 2013 at 11:00 am
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after struggling with police at the Minneapolis YMCA.
Twenty-eight-year-old David Smith died in 2010, about a week after officers used a Taser gun on him and restrained him by putting him on his stomach, and putting their knees on his back.
The Star Tribune reports the city will pay the Smith family $1.1 million. The rest of the settlement will go toward attorneys' fees.
Minneapolis city attorney Susan Segal says in a statement that the settlement is a responsible way to end the case in the face of mounting legal costs.
Police Chief Janee Harteau calls the situation tragic and expressed sympathy to Smith's family.
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