by Thomas Breen and Laura Glesby, NH Independent, June 9, 2023
The City of New Haven has agreed to pay $45 million to Richard “Randy” Cox to end a lawsuit stemming from paralyzing injuries the 36-year-old Black New Havener suffered while in police custody — marking the largest municipal settlement in a police misconduct case in this country’s history.
The settlement ends a $100 million civil lawsuit that Cox and his family brought in federal court in September. That lawsuit against the city, the police department, and city police officers Betsy Segui, Oscar Diaz, Jocelyn Lavandier, Luis Rivera, and Ronald Pressley sought damages for the officers’ alleged violations of Cox’s civil rights following his arrest on June 19, 2022.
The mayor [Justin Elicker] said the city looked at other cases “where people were unable to walk, paraplegic cases” — as opposed to other police misconduct cases — when trying to understand “the long-term cost it will take to care for Randy and ensure he has the resources he needs.”
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