$10M settlement for police brutality caught on video

Published On February 2, 2011 | By Rob | Articles

We posted this video a couple months ago and just wanted to give you an update on what has happened since.

TACOMA — Despite reaching a $10 million settlement Tuesday, attorneys representing King County and the family of Christopher Sean Harris still disagree about what exactly happened the night in May 2009 when a sheriff’s deputy shoved Harris into a concrete wall.

Harris, formerly of Edmonds, suffered a catastrophic brain injury and now requires around-the-clock care. His wife, Sarah, filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the county, accusing Deputy Matthew Paul of acting negligently and using excessive force.

Tuesday’s settlement — the largest individual award ever paid by the county, according to county spokeswoman Christine Lange — came as a civil trial over the lawsuit was under way in Tacoma. Paul, who never has spoken publicly about the incident, was scheduled to testify Tuesday.

“I don’t know how they can pay that amount and say something isn’t wrong,” Sarah Harris said. But she acknowledged there is some comfort knowing “the public knows there were lies told that night and it’s out there now.”

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