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email@example.comCity of Denver Reaches Settlement With Paul Childs’ Family
City Attorney Cole Finegan announced Tuesday that the City of Denver has reached a $1,325,000 settlement agreement with the family of Paul Childs, the 15-year-old fatally shot by Denver Police Officer James Turney on July 5, 2003, after a call to 911 summoned police to the Childs home.
“We believe we have reached a settlement that is fair and in the City’s best interests,” Finegan said. “Our office has devoted hundreds of hours to reviewing this case and analyzing similar cases and verdicts across the country. This settlement treats both the City and the Childs family fairly and allows all of us to move forward.”
The settlement is conditioned upon the final approval by Denver City Council. First reading of the bill will be on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, and the second reading and final Council vote will occur on Monday, June 7, 2004.
In addition to avoiding costly litigation and the risk of a larger verdict at trial, this settlement agreement also provides that the Childs family forever releases the City of Denver, Officer Turney, public safety officials, and other individuals from any liability.
In January 2004, the City of Denver received a “notice of claim” from the Childs family of their intent to sue the City for at least $5 million. City Attorney Cole Finegan represented the City in the subsequent settlement negotiations; the $1,325,000 agreement was facilitated by former prosecutor and District Judge Richard Dana, currently a professional mediator with the Judicial Arbiter Group. The settlement will be paid from funds already appropriated to the City’s claims and liability fund; no supplemental budget request or program reductions will be necessary.
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