Brooklyn Park to pay $2.8 million in police brutality suit

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Brooklyn Park to pay $2.8 million in police brutality suit

Brooklyn Park will pay Shoua Yang $2.8 million to settle a police brutality lawsuit from an incident that happened in January of 2014.

The $2.8 million settlement is believed to be the largest in the city’s history, and one of the largest of similar suits statewide.

“I do think justice was served in this instance,” said Yang’s attorney Paul Dworak. “I don’t think any amount of money though is worth being shot three times by a police officer. You know, my client lost his kidney, fractured part of his back, and nearly died because of this.”

According to court documents, Yang was trying to back out of a parking space while his back window was covered with snow. Police were on scene because a fight had broken out at a nearby banquet hall.

Court documents say that Yang did not see Brooklyn Park Officer Jason Chadbourne standing behind the vehicle. Rather than stepping out of the way, Chadbourne shot into the vehicle, hitting Yang three times, once in the back, once in the neck, and once in the shoulder.

Yang was charged with first degree assault, but a jury later acquitted him of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile, Dworak says that Yang is doing much better now.

Brooklyn Park’s attorney, Jason Hiveley, issued this statement regarding the settlement:

“The City of Brooklyn Park and its insurer the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust conducted a full risk analysis of this case and determined that settlement would avoid exposing the City to a potentially large jury verdict and substantial attorneys fees and costs. In exchange for a dismissal of his suit, the City and LMCIT will pay Shoua Yang $2.85 million which is covered by insurance. Jason Chadbourne is currently on paid administrative leave pending an employment hearing.”

Delane Cleveland, reporting

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Channel 12 is on Comcast cable in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.

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