By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man has accepted a $75,000 judgment from the city of Des Moines in connection with an altercation at his wedding reception that involved a police officer repeatedly punching him.

The confession of judgment from the city in the case of John Twombly is not an admission of guilt from Des Moines. It’s an acknowledgement that a jury could have found a similar judgment against the city had the case gone to trial, The Des Moines Register reported ( ).

Twombly, 33, filed a federal lawsuit in 2013 claiming officer Cody Grimes used excessive force against the groom at his 2011 wedding reception. He added that his civil and constitutional rights were violated.

Grimes, who has been with Des Moines police since 2007, was called to the reception to help break up a fight between Twombly and a groomsman.

Towmbly accused Grimes of repeatedly punching him. Towmbly said he suffered a broken bone in his face.

Towmbly faced several charges after the incident, including assault. They were later dropped or overturned. He said he still believes the police department should re-evaluate the case and Grimes.

“I think any time an officer loses composure to the point where they assault a suspect in custody, that’s not the kind of officer we want on the streets,” said Brandon Brown, Twombly’s attorney.

Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax said officials found no evidence of wrongdoing from Grimes or the groomsman involved in the initial fight. He added that the department does not typically reopen previous investigations.

A public phone number listing for Grimes was not available. He is currently on paid administrative leave from the department in connection with a separate case.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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