- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - The insurance company for the city of Bend has paid $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed by a former police officer who claimed he was wrongfully fired.

KTVZ reports (http://bit.ly/1iH0GQo ) city officials had rejected a settlement with Brett Ryan, but the insurance firm decided it would be cheaper to settle than go to trial.

Ryan said he was fired in 2009 after complaining about illegal arrests and racial discrimination against Hispanics.

Ryan sued, seeking nearly $1.6 million in damages. The city refuted his claims. The case had been scheduled for trial in June.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/