St. Paul Expected To Settle Police Brutality Claim

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a settlement Wednesday with a woman who claimed she was brutalized by a police officer.

The settlement would pay Cosetta Morris $270,000. The city has admitted no wrongdoing in the civil case.

Morris’ roommate called police for help in March 2009. When officers arrived they found Morris pinning her roommate to a couch and trying to remove a ring. The lawsuit says Officer Adam Bailey told Morris to get off her roommate, then grabbed her from behind and flung her to the floor. Morris’ arm went through the glass of a French door and she suffered tendon damage.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says Morris sought $1 million in damages and attorney’s fees.

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  • married to the truth

    Let me guess…..she had no insurance so she was stuck with 100K of medical bills? So where does the fine line of police work and abuse come into play here? It doesn’t! If she would have been acting normal the officer never would have threw her childish but to the floor! I guess I missed some important details on why they are going to pay her……? O well just another sue happy person calling 911 asap for nothing then talking trash about them when she doesn’t need them. That is the truth!

  • Look at all the stupidity!!!

    If they did nothing wrong why would they be paying her? They know if this goes to court they would be paying more because they are in the wrong. I have never heard of anyone paying outside of court if they did everything by the book.

    • Cops were right

      All cities pay out. Civil court and Criminal Court are different. In Civil you do not have prove any wrong doing. I think this women was wrong and acting like a child and the Cops did there job getting her off her roommate.

    • K.

      I can think of one case…………..O.J. Simpson comes to mind.

  • Todd

    They settle so they don’t have to go to court, right or wrong. Her attorney cost nothing, he gets 30% if she wins. The city would end up paying more for attorney fees even if they win. If the cop tells you to get off, get off. If all the facts are straight in the article I would call this a frivilous lawsuit but there is always some attorney out there willing to take the chance for 30%. He gets $81,000 for very little work here. If he thought they could win and get a million, he would have fought it and not accepted the settlement. Life in America folks.
    P.S. If anyone wants to pay me $270k to get thrown through a window I am available.

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