Arvada tried to keep $100K excessive force settlement secret

FOX31: The City of Arvada reached a $100,000 settlement with Travis Cook after he filed a lawsuit accusing an officer of assaulting him. The settlement was supposed to remain confidential, but was uncovered by the Problem Solvers through a public records request.

The Problem Solvers first reported on an excessive force lawsuit filed by Cook in January of 2020.

Cook accused an officer of repeatedly punching him while he was being arrested on Feb. 11, 2018. Arvada police officers don’t wear body cams, but Cook’s mother began recording the incident with her cell phone after she said an officer repeatedly punched her son in the face without provocation.

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