A woman whose lawsuit against Minneapolis police alleged that she was beaten and dragged by police after falling asleep in the lobby of her downtown apartment building, settled the case last month for $50,000, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Attorney Paul Applebaum, who represented Alicia Joneja in the federal lawsuit, said his client was “happy that the cops were held accountable” and that she was ready to put the incident behind her. The city has admitted no guilt in settling the case.
Joneja said in the suit that following a night of drinking with friends she fell asleep in the foyer of her building after she was locked out of her loft. She alleged she was awakened a few hours later by two officers, one of whom kneed her repeatedly in the stomach, grabbed her hair and handcuffed one of her hands.
According to Joneja, the officer, identified in the suit as Heather Sterzinger, dragged her across the floor by her handcuffed hand, injuring her shoulder.
The incident happened in June 2012, according to the suit.
Sterzinger and the other officer, Sundiata Bronson, contended that Joneja became combative after being awakened and threw her shoe at a firefighter who had also responded to the scene, prompting her arrest.
Charges against Joneja were later dropped, Applebaum said.
Police union officials were not immediately available for comment on the settlement.