The Metro Council voted Tuesday night to pay $30,000 to settle a suit involving a woman who was arrested while intoxicated, taken to the Criminal Justice Center and injured while officers tried to constrain her when she became verbally abusive.
Metro has already paid more than $27,000 in medical expenses accrued by Yolanda Mitchell, whom Metro police arrested on Nov. 7, 2010.
Tuesday’s unanimous vote added another $30,000 to the city’s bill after the Metro Department of Law recommended that the council settle because a court could rule that the police department acted negligently in hiring or supervising.
While going through the booking process under the supervision of two police officers on the night of her arrest, Mitchell became “verbally abusive” to a third officer, according to the council’s legal analysis.
"The officer pushed Ms. Mitchell away from him and left, but returned after being called back by booking personnel,” the analysis reads. “Ms. Mitchell once again confronted the police officer, who pushed her a second time while she was handcuffed causing her to hit her head on the ground. Ms. Mitchell sustained head injuries resulting from the fall.”
Mitchell would later file a personal injury lawsuit against the city.
The police department terminated the officer involved in the incident. He has appealed his termination through the Civil Service Commission.