Steamboat Springs releases excessive force lawsuit settlement agreements

From Steamboat Today (Steamboat Springs):  Documents show the city of Steamboat Springs and its insurance company have so far spent $569,000 to settle excessive force lawsuits.

Following an open records request, the city released the settlement agreements related to four lawsuits. In all the agreements, the city denies any wrongdoing.

Steamboat Springs attorney Grant Bursek represented the clients in the four lawsuits that have been settled.

There are two other excessive force lawsuits still being litigated.

Five of the six lawsuits involved a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer who no longer works at the department.

The city directly paid a $50,000 deductible for each of the settlements. The city’s insurance company covers the rest of the settlement amounts, in addition to any legal fees the insurance company incurred to litigate the lawsuits.

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