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City Of Wichita Agrees To Nearly $1 Million Settlement Over Arrest

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Monday, November 15, 2010

During a briefing this morning, the City of Wichita announced it had agreed to pay $925,000 to a man who was injured during a 2006 arrest.

In September 2006, officers were called to the Quik Trip at Harry and Hillside in response to a disturbance.

During the investigation, police reported that Jason Price, who was not involved in the disturbance, was interfering.

One of the officers bent Price over the bumper of a car to handcuff the man. The bumper of the vehicle was described as unusual and very sharp. He was arrested and taken to the Sedgwick County Jail where he spend 12 hours in custody.

Once released, Price went to the hospital where he spent several weeks in intensive car with internal injuries as a result of the sharp bumper and the weight of the police officer.

The man was never convicted in the matter from his arrest.

He later filed a lawsuit against the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County for a total of $7.5 million. A retired district judge was appointed to handle the mediation in the case and the city agreed to a settlement of $925,000.

Four officers were involved in the incident and all remain active on the police force. The city intends to launch an internal investigation now that the case is complete.

Price's attorney, James Thompson, said his client is happy the entire thing is over. Price will have to have more surgeries in the future. He has a massive scar on his stomach and continues to have digestive problems. Thompson said the injuries Price received are the same as someone injured in a car crash without a seat belt.


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