Commerce City settles with cop who was fired for making an open-records request

CBS4 (Denver): Commerce City has agreed to pay a former police officer, Scott Green, $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed after he was terminated for filing a Colorado Open Records Act Request.

“It’s a fair resolution for Scott with the dollar amount he received. He feels vindicated,” said Green’s attorney, Reid Elkus.

According to recently filed federal court documents, Green and the city agreed on a settlement Feb. 15.

“I think the settlement reflects potentially what the behavior of the city was and how they terminated my client,” said Elkus. “I think they had concerns about the case.”

Then-Commerce City police Chief Troy Smith fired Green three months after the veteran officer filed a Colorado Open Records Act Request with the City of Arvada, seeking information on two of his fellow Commerce City officers who had previously served with the Arvada Police Department.

Green said at the time he made the CORA request “as a private citizen and did it merely as a citizen like anyone else would do.” Green was off duty when he made the request, was unarmed and was not in uniform when he traveled to Arvada to file his request.

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