The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $25,000 to a former Patrick Henry High School student who was put into a chokehold by a Minneapolis police officer until he reportedly lost consciousness, city officials said this week.
Officials said the city has agreed to pay Dontae Thomas in connection with the 2012 incident in which officer Tyrone Barze Jr. used a "neck restraint" to control the senior, then age 18, during a lunchroom disturbance. The city is also expected to pay $115,000 in attorneys' fees to the Minneapolis law firm Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp.
According to his civil suit, Thomas said he lost consciousness after the officer "used excessive force by using the neck restraint." A medical exam found evidence of "injuries consistent with strangulation."
Barze has maintained that he applied the neck restraint only after Thomas became combative.
The settlement still must be approved by the Ways and Means Committee and the full City Council.
Barze was involved in another high-profile incident in which he was accused of using excessive force when arresting a canvasser and threatening to shoot witnesses to the incident.