The City of Lubbock will pay $425,000 after settling a lawsuit against two Lubbock police officers accused of using excessive force and beating a former special duty U.S. Marshall. The City says the only reason they settled is to prevent even more taxpayer money from being spent.
Back in 2009 when Robert Campbell was 63 years old, he says officers Clinton Lewis and Jeffery Simpson responded to a dispute between Campbell and his neighbors but things quickly got out of control.
Campbell says he tried to go into his house for the night, and got his work gun out of his truck to put it inside. Police reports say the officers asked for Campbell's ID, and he responded saying it was inside.
When Campbell walked into his home, he set his gun down on the table and that's when he says the struggle started.
Campbell admits to drinking and that he threw a beer on one of the officers when they came at him. In statements, the officers say they forced Campbell onto the ground because he was resisting arrest.
By the end of the struggle, Campbell had massive black and blue bruises all over his face and neck, had been tased twice and was taken to the hospital by an ambulance.
Campbell was later arrested, but all charges were dropped. He says as a result of the incident he was fired from his contracted job at the Federal Building. He soon filed the lawsuit and Officers Lewis and Simpson tried to have it dismissed.
In September of this year, a judge denied that request saying the lawsuit could proceed because there were too many unanswered questions about what happened, but in an executive session last week the City decided to settle.
Mayor Glenn Robertson says the City has already spent more than $300,000 on legal expenses related to the lawsuit, and city attorney's advised him that it would cost several hundred thousand dollars more if they continued.
"It became apparent that we can save the tax payers money by settling. It's one of those things you don't really want to do when you think you're right because I don't want to send the message as a mayor that we don't support our police department because we do," Robertson said.
Both Officers Lewis and Simpson are still currently employed at the Lubbock Police Department.
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