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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City settles Monetti case

6/27/2012  4:00:00 PM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

City Attorney Pete Holmes acknowledged Wednesday that the City has settled the federal lawsuit brought by Martin Monetti regarding his April 17, 2010 contacts with Seattle police that were captured on video. The $150,000 settlement was reached after extended mediation, and it resolves all claims, including attorneys’ fees.

“The City has consistently maintained that Officer Shandy Cobane’s use of language was unacceptable and unprofessional, having no place in policing. However, my duty to defend the City’s treasury and its employees required a vigorous defense when presented with the $750,000 claim for damages asserted by Mr. Monetti,” said Holmes, noting that attorneys’ fees alone could easily exceed the amount of the settlement. “As the negotiations with the Department of Justice continue, we aspire to police conduct that goes well beyond the constitutional minimums at issue in this lawsuit.”

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