Even Loveland officials in the dark about lawsuit settlement involving police detective

Reporter-Herald (Loveland): A nearly decade-long legal battle involving a Loveland Police Department detective is coming to a close, but even city of Loveland officials are in the dark about specifics.

At the end of the Loveland City Council meeting Tuesday night, when councilors can address items not on the agenda, Councilman John Fogle cautiously broached a topic he said he wasn’t sure how to fully address — an update on a lawsuit by a former Loveland resident against Loveland Police Detective Brian Koopman.

Fogle’s hesitation stemmed from the fact the information he was referencing came from a Dec. 29 email from interim City Attorney Clay Douglas.

But, Douglas had marked it private, inaccessible to public inspection.

At Tuesday’s meeting, however, Douglas admitted the case has been resolved, or at least close to it.

The lawsuit, initially filed in November 2009, was brought forward by plaintiff Jeremy C. Myers, who sued Koopman and others for allegedly violating his constitutional rights when investigators searched his property near the old sugar factory on North Madison Avenue in September 2007 and arrested him on suspicion of making methamphetamine — the charges were dropped two months later, when the “drugs” found at the site turned out to be sugar products.

Douglas said the city’s insurance provider CIRSA and Myers came to some sort of settlement agreement, but he could not go into details because that was part of the deal.

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