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A Korean War veteran who claimed police used excessive force against him during a 2006 incident at Liberty Park has settled his lawsuit with Salt Lake City and one city police officer.
Miles Lund received nearly $100,000 from the city, his attorney Clark Newhall said Monday. The city also agreed to pay off a lien Veterans Affairs Hospital placed on Lund for medical costs he said he incurred as a result of the incident.
A settlement was reached more than six months ago, Newhall said, but the lawsuit recently was dismissed by a federal judge.
Salt Lake City officials declined to comment on the settlement Monday.
In November 2006, police were called to the park when Lund got into an argument with a man whose dog was running without a leash, a violation of park rules. The man reported that Lund threatened him with a gun, a claim a judge later said appeared to be false.
Lund says he was feeding ducks at the park when officers drew their guns, surrounded him and ordered him to place his hands above his head. Lund said he told police he could not raise his arms because of a disability, but was tackled, handcuffed, thrown to the ground and dragged across concrete.
Lund was seeking $10 million in damages from the city and three police officers. A judge dismissed two officers as defendants in 2008. Lund agreed to settle earlier this year because he wanted to put an end to the lengthy court proceedings, his attorney said. "Like any compromise, he gave up something in return for getting something," Newhall said.