Several police use-of-force suits filed in recent years have each resulted in million-dollar settlements. They include:
• The Minneapolis City Council voted in June 2011 to pay $2.19 million to the family of Dominic A. Felder, 27, who was shot and killed by two police officers in 2006. Felder was shot by Minneapolis police officers Jason King and Lawrence Loonsfoot near his house in the 3900 block of Bloomington Avenue S. A grand jury cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing.
Felder’s family argued in their 2007 lawsuit that the officers approached Felder with their weapons drawn, that he was compliant, and that a witness told the officers that Felder was unarmed and having mental problems.
• In 2012, $3 million was awarded to 96 people victimized by the now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. The suit, filed in 2009, addressed widespread illegal behavior by officers.
• In June 2013, the Minneapolis City Council approved a $3.075 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by the family of David Smith, 28, who died about a week after a struggle with two Minneapolis police officers at the downtown Minneapolis YMCA in 2010.
• In May, a judge order Chaska to pay $1.75 million to the family and attorney of Dawn Pfister fatally shot by a police officer in 2014.