The St. Paul City Council is expected to approve a $270,000 police brutality settlement for a woman who was thrown into a glass door by a police officer, requiring her to get more than 300 stitches.
Cosetta Morris, 35, claimed that an officer forcefully grabbed her in an attempt to break up a fight between her and her roommate and tossed Morris across the room, making her arm go through a glass door, reported the Pioneer Press. She needed surgery to repair tendon damage.
Morris, represented by attorney Bob Bennett, needed more than 300 stitches inside her arm and on her skin. "It's a decent deal...she was cut really bad," Bennet told the Star Tribune.
It is St. Paul's second largest settlement for a police misconduct case, second only to the $400,000 to the family of Charles Craighead, who was accidentally shot and killed by police in 2001 as he tried to protect his fiancé from a carjacker, reported the Star Tribune.
On March 15, 2009, Morris and her roommate got into a fight and her roommate had called the police for help. Officer Adam Bailey and his partner arrived at the apartment at 9 p.m.
According to the lawsuit, the police officers arrived to find Morris pinning her roommate to the couch, trying to get a ring off of her roommate's finger, reported the Pioneer Press.
Bailey told Morris to get off of her roommate twice, reported the Star Tribune, but before she could obey, Bailey grabbed her and threw her several feet across the room, causing her arm to go through a glass pane.
The Pioneer Press reported that Morris was taken to Regions hospital as her roommate was escorted from the apartment.
The settlement contains the city's denial of liability or misconduct, reported the Star Tribune.