Lawrence settles with Black driver shot by rookie officer
September 27, 2020
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by a Black man who was shot by a rookie police officer in 2018 during a traffic stop.
Akira Lewis sued the city, two officers, the police department and the police chief after he was shot. He alleged the officers used excessive force and that the traffic stop was racially motivated.
The city contended Lewis caused the confrontation by unreasonably refusing to get out of his car.
Under the settlement approved Friday, neither the city or Lewis accepted liability for the shooting,...