Minnesota: Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Stemming from 2008 RNC

[See the additional story of a second RNC 2008 case settlement, below. — Frontlines ed.]

Protesters at the Republican National Convention (2008) faced brutal police attacks, mass arrests, FBI infiltration and provocation, raids, serious injuries and imprisonment

June 1, 2011

by Scott Theisen

An anti-war protester wounded by a police projectile during the 2008 Republican National Convention has settled his excessive force lawsuit against the officer and cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Mick Kelly reached a settlement Wednesday. The dollar amount is confidential.

But Kelly says he’ll give $5,000 from the settlement to the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and he’ll donate to other progressive causes too.

Kelly was protesting Sept. 4, 2008, when authorities say he harassed a police horse with a banner, then lunged at an officer. Kelly denies those claims and says he did nothing wrong when he was shot in the abdomen with a marking round.

Kelly was bruised, but had no internal injuries.

An insurance policy is covering the city’s claims over alleged convention-related police misconduct.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

$50,000 Settlement in Pre-Convention Police Raid

05/26/2011

By: Scott Theisen

A $50,000 settlement has been reached in a case stemming from the police raid of a St. Paul home two days before the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Sarah Coffey, Erin Stalnaker and Kris Hermes announced Thursday they settled their case with the city of St. Paul and the federal government.

Under terms of the settlement, individual officers and agents are dismissed. Defense attorney Jason Hiveley says insurance companies for the city and federal government will cover the payment.

The agencies are admitting no wrongdoing. Hiveley says the case was settled for economic reasons.

The three activists sued after the raid at Iglehart Avenue, in which several people were detained for roughly one-and-a-half hours. They alleged police violated their rights.

A handful of other lawsuits related to the convention are pending.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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