Seattle settles police-stomping lawsuit for $150K

  • Wed Jun 27th, 2012 2:17pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was stomped on and subjected to racial language during a robbery investigation.

Lorena Gonzalez, a lawyer for Martin Monetti Jr., announced the settlement during a news conference Wednesday.

Monetti Jr. was out celebrating his 21st birthday in 2010 when he and two friends were detained in a robbery investigation. As he lay prone in a parking lot, Seattle officer Shandy Cobane stomped on his hand and referred to Monetti’s Mexican heritage while threatening to beat him up.

Monetti was not involved in the robbery.

Cobane later made a tearful apology for the language he used, though Gonzalez says that in his deposition he acknowledged he didn’t write the apology.

The settlement came a week after a judge declined to dismiss the case.