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City quickly approves $475,000 settlement

City of Tallahassee Agrees to Pay Christina West
Posted at 10:14 PM, Sep 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 02:29:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A special meeting was held to discuss the Christina and David West vs. The City of Tallahassee settlement case. The first portion was open to the public and the second half was a closed attorney-client executive session.

The closed session lasted less then 30 minutes. When the meeting was reopened, Commissioner Scott Maddox expressed his support of Tallahassee Police before making a motion to approve the $475,000 settlement. This case has caused quite a bit of controversy in the community, but many people at the meeting said that they hope it serves as a wake-up call.

The city had a press release prepared before the meeting was over and distributed it immediately upon adjourning stating: "a settlement agreement was unanimously approved by the commission".

Today's settlement means that there will be no trial in May of 2015, when the case was supposed to go to court. The city says it does need a claims bill to pay out the settlement. In most cases, governments are capped at $300,000 in what they can pay for claims.