- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Sparks officials plan to discuss a potential $70,000 settlement for two men who claim the city’s SWAT officers illegally detained them.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (https://on.rgj.com/1Gxtuu2 ) that the Sparks City Council will discuss the issue during a Monday meeting.

Two men who were driving on Highway 95 in 2009 say SWAT officers from a convoy of police and paramedic vehicles violated their Fourth Amendment rights and committed assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. They said the City of Sparks was liable for officers’ actions.

The City of Sparks’ legal representation says the officers reacted appropriately. They say one of the men assaulted an paramedic van as result of road rage.

City of Sparks attorney Doug Thomley says officers did what they are trained to do and called the settlement a “business decision.”


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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