Wednesday, September 9, 2009

EPD Update

At last night's City Council meeting, the administration announced that the City Jail will be closing at the end of September due to lack of money.

On a separate item, City Council voted 9-2 (Craig, Gibbs against) in favor of paying Chief Medders $21,810 for his personal legal fees, despite the fact that he was found liable by a jury for violating one of his officer's constitutional rights and lost his appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on his claim that he was immune from liability. Although the City had no obligation to pay these personal legal fees, which were incurred by Chief Medders in appealing the verdict, the administration supported the decision because it believes that the jury was wrong in rendering the verdict, which included a finding that Chief Medders' actions were malicious and awarded Officer Hetzel See punitive damages.

No comments: