Judge Okays City's $100,000 Settlement With Robert Wagner

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A judge has signed off on a $100,000 settlement the city of Omaha will pay Robert Wagner, who sued the city and several police officers he accused of using excessive force in his 2011 arrest.

The city will pay Wagner $32,000 in damages and $68,000 in legal fees and other costs. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon signed the order Tuesday.

The videotaped arrest of Wagner in May 2011 outside a Creighton University Medical Center emergency room led to accusations of police brutality. A hospital security camera captured images of several police officers pinning down Wagner in the parking lot. The video showed one officer kicking him while he was restrained on the ground. Two officers were fired, but both were later reinstated following arbitration.

Last week, the Omaha City Council unanimously approved the payment for medical expenses, pain and ongoing injuries. The vote occurred without discussion. City officials told WOWT 6 News it was in the best interest to avoid a trial and approve the settlement.

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