Kent agrees to pay $250K to settle excessive-force lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Kent has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle an excessive-force lawsuit filed by a man who was shot with a Taser, beaten and bitten by a police dog during a 2016 arrest.

The Seattle Times reports David Lewis Jr. did not have a weapon when he suffered serious bite injuries to his leg, was hit with a metal flashlight and had his face ground into the pavement.

A civil rights lawsuit filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court says the incident happened after officers stopped him to serve a misdemeanor warrant at about 2 a.m. Feb. 18, 2016.

Geoff Grindeland, an attorney representing the officers and the city of Kent, said Friday that, although they believe the use of force was reasonable under the circumstances, it was more economical to settle the claim than to litigate it.


Information from: The Seattle Times,