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Lawyers expect a settlement soon in a lawsuit seeking $4.5 million over the 2008 beating of a mentally ill inmate at the Sedgwick County Jail, a court document says.
Attorneys expect a settlement that could be authorized by Sedgwick County commissioners Tuesday, according to a court document filed recently by Arthur Chalmers, an attorney representing the Sheriffs Office in its defense against the lawsuit.
Commissioners will meet in executive session at 9 a.m. Tuesday before their regular weekly meeting with staff, County Manager William Buchanan said Monday. Buchanan said he expected an announcement would result from the executive session.
When you get into a Wichita taxicab, you face about a 1-in-10 chance of being driven by someone with a felony criminal record.
Fifteen of 131 people licensed to drive taxis in Wichita have been convicted of felonies, according to a check by The Eagle. Thats 11.4 percent of the taxi drivers.
Their crimes include first-degree murder, a fourth DUI, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated sodomy. The man with the murder conviction isnt driving a taxi anymore; he died in July.
The parents of a man fatally shot by Wichita police in Old Town in 2012 have filed a civil lawsuit in federal court, alleging that officers were negligent and excessive in their use of force, and violated the Constitution.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in United States District Court in Kansas City by Randall Smart and Brenda Bryant, also attempts to cast doubt on law enforcement claims that their son, 23-year-old Marquez Smart, fired the shots that prompted a police chase and his eventual killing.
The complaint names the city of Wichita, the Wichita Police Department and two police officers, Lee Froese and Aaron Chaffee, as defendants. Among accusations, it alleges that Smart’s killing was unconstitutional because he was not shot under exceptional circumstances and that Smart did not have a weapon at the time.
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