The City of Lubbock is paying out more than $20,000 to settle two different lawsuits. The first, stems from an arrest in November 2001. Video cameras inside the police car captured the scene where Lubbock Police Officer Nick Medina arrested Ricardo Torres for public intoxication. Torres sued the city and Officer Medina, saying he was injured, suffered mental anguish and was falsely imprisoned. The city is settling the suit for $15,000.
The city will pay LaToya White almost $6,300. Video shows Officer Medina arresting White on charges of criminal trespassing in October 2001. In her lawsuit, White claimed that Medina used excessive force, made an illegal arrest and falsified the police report.
Medina was fired from the police force however appealed the firing. The judge issued a nine month suspension instead and Medina resigned. He now lives with his family in Florida.