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Fiancée of man killed by St. Paul police reaches $380K settlement

The fiancée of a man killed by St. Paul police more than six years ago has reached a $380,000 settlement in a lawsuit claiming officers unlawfully imprisoned her.

St. Paul city council members agreed to settle the lawsuit Wednesday, paying Markeeta Johnson-Blakney and her lawyer, Paul Bosman, the amount for "any and all" claims, damages and attorney fees. Bosman said the money will help Johnson-Blakney as she continues to struggle with her late partner's death.

"The City agreed to settle Ms. Johnson-Blakney's claim to avoid the costs and uncertainty of continued litigation," City Attorney Lyndsey Olson said in a statement. "The City remains committed to protecting the rights of all persons through respectful service. We look forward to resolving the remaining claims in this case."


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