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Denver will pay $130,000 to settle police retaliation claims

Denver city officials will pay $130,000 to settle two lawsuits accusing police officers of retaliating against homeless rights advocates for filming and criticizing police actions.

The Denver City Council on Monday approved settlements in the lawsuits filed by attorneys Regan and Bo Benson in 2023, according to a news release from the Newman McNulty law firm.

The first lawsuit alleges that Denver Police Chief John Schaal retaliated against the Bensons in August 2021 after the couple saw a group of officers sitting in their vehicles in a private parking lot near the 800 block of South Huron Street and stopped to begin filming them. . Schaal wrote a ticket for parking in the middle of a roadway and blocking traffic and later requested that Bo Benson be required to retake his driver’s test.

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