The GUARDIAN has it on good authority the City of Boise has paid off the guy who was Tasered in on or near his bum and threatened by a copper with having an electrical treatment to his family jewels last Valentine’s Day. Gerald Amidon had previously filed a suit against Boise City in U.S. District Court.
Sources tell us a memo went out to coppers last week announcing the pay off. While no figure was revealed and the settlement in Federal Court has been sealed, speculation is the amount was about $150,000. If either party wishes to challenge our estimate, we would be happy to have any documents providing accurate info on the secret expenditure of public money.
Here is the text of the memo to the coppers: “On Monday, February 1, 2010 the City reached a settlement agreement in Federal Court in a civil case filed against four Boise Police officers. In his complaint, the plaintiff alleged the four Officers violated his civil rights by using excessive force during his 2009 arrest.
The settlement was reached during a mediation session with a Federal Judge. Present were the Judge, representatives of Boise City, as well as the four Officers.
The settlement agreement contained a confidentiality agreement so all the details were not released. It was agreed that reaching a settlement now would be in the best interest of all parties. The settlement contained a provision that officers were making no admission to violating the plaintiff’s civil rights.”
The GUARDIAN has filed public information requests for the settlement, but have little doubt the request will be denied. We hope to have the internal e-mail available soon. The INCIDENT was made public last June when the Ombudsman report was released.
In another twist on the same incident which occurred Feb. 14, 2009 the Boise PD sergeant who was identified as being responsible for erasing a taped interview with AMIDON following the use of force by coppers has filed a $2 million tort claim against his boss, Chief Mike Masterson, and several other command staff as well as the city.
Sgt. George Stevens was reprimanded by Chief Masterson, but claims the action was unfair and he was singled out due to the negative publicity surrounding the arrest incident. He also notes he was active in the union and that also led to his discipline.
That claim will no doubt be denied by the City and the matter will then be ripe for filing a civil suit.
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