MANCHESTER – Christopher Micklovich, the bar patron whose bloodied, beaten face shocked Manchester residents following his 2010 arrest, was quietly paid $200,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against the city and four police officers accused of beating him, the New Hampshire Union Leader has learned.
City Risk Manager Harry Ntapalis, who oversees claims and settlements against the city, said the payment was approved and paid in mid-May of last year. Ntapalis provided the information when asked Monday by the Union Leader.
Ntapalis said the city spent another $68,000 on bills for the lawyers who represented the four officers in the lawsuit.
“It was a global settlement. All his medication, pain, suffering, everything was taken into account,” Ntapalis said. He said the $200,000 settlement was reached through mediation among lawyers for all sides.
“There were demands for a much higher amount. We went back and forth and it was eventually decided,” Ntapalis said.
The payment is yet another wrinkle in the matter, which stemmed from the March 3, 2010, beating of Micklovich by four off-duty police officers outside the Strange Brew Tavern on Market Street.
Police initially downplayed the matter, but eventually asked the New Hampshire attorney general to look into the matter. After months of investigation, Attorney General Michael Delaney concluded the four officers had not committed a crime, but said it was not the Manchester Police Department’s finest hour.
“Look at the Attorney General’s report,” City Attorney Robert J. Meagher said. “That was a really exhaustive investigation – a couple thousand pages and the result was there was no wrongdoing found on the part of the police department.”
One of the four, Lt. Ernie Goodno, retired shortly after the incident. The other three were suspended, but their suspensions were eventually overturned by an arbitrator.
Submitted by Joe
Read $200,000 Settlement Acknowledged for Micklovich Beating via Garret Ean, FreeConcord.org, March 12, 2013.