Settlement reached in Joplin police lawsuit

Settlement reached in Joplin police lawsuit
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John Henry filed the lawsuit in 2016 citing three encounters with Joplin police. The Police Department and several officers were listed as defendants. The lawsuit claimed unreasonable use of force and false arrest. According to Joplin City Attorney Peter Edwards, the Joplin City Council approved the settlement, agreeing to pay $7,500.

The first incident allegedly happened on October 1st, 2014. Henry claims he was arrested by Joplin police for domestic disturbance and taken to jail. The lawsuit claims after one of his requests for a blanket, he was taken out of the cell, put on the floor and physically restrained. Henry’s lawsuit states that during that time, his arm was broken. The lawsuit says Henry was denied his request for medical treatment.

The second alleged incident happened on December 19th, 2014. In the lawsuit, Henry claims he was falsely arrested, accused of blocking an alleyway with his bicycle.

The third alleged incident happened on March 28th, 2015. Henry claims he was being pursued by Joplin police when he stopped his bicycle and laid flat on the ground. He says three officers, without justification or reason, used unnecessary and unreasonable force against him. Henry’s lawsuit states the officers punched and kicked his face and body, leaving him injured and unconscious.

The Police Department has declined to comment on the settlement. One council member was absent at the time of the vote.