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Denver settles lawsuits against police, DOTI for $387,500

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The City and County of Denver has settled several lawsuits related to the George Floyd protests of 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash

By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.) Denver City Council will decide whether to spend nearly $400,000 to settle lawsuits on Monday.

The council will vote to approve paying $312,500 to Dr. Javier and Jennifer Perez. Information provided to council members shows the couple filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court against the Department of Transportation Infrastructure or DOTI. The report does not include any specifics about their claims.

The couple owns Cheluna Brewing Company, 2501 Dallas St., a Mexican craft brewery located in Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Javier Perez also works as a physician. The couple did not answer an email sent to the brewery requesting comment.

DOTI manages road construction, traffic signals and signs, parking enforcement, paving and street sweeping, trash collection, and more.

DOTI also did not reply to an email about the lawsuit sent Thursday.

The department settled a lawsuit in December for more than $30,000.

Class-action lawsuit stems from George Floyd protests

The council also will vote to settle a case involving police brutality complaints during the George Floyd protests. The city spent more than $2 million to settle at least five lawsuits against the police department in the past month.

Johnathen Duran, a plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit filed by Sara Fitouri, will receive $75,000 from the city.

Elizabeth Wang represents the plaintiffs in Fitouri's lawsuit seeking compensation and changes in police response to lawful protests.

"It's not unique to Denver at all police around the country responded in unlawful ways to the protests in support of black lives and there have been numerous class action lawsuits in numerous cities," she told CBS Denver.

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