Fort Lewis College Settles Suit In Stun Gun Case

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Fort Lewis College approved a $140,000 settlement for a man who claimed campus police used excessive force when they used a stun gun on him during a Lyle Lovett concert.

The college’s board of trustees unanimously approved the settlement Tuesday. College spokesman Mitch Davis told The Durango Herald that the settlement does not signify an admission of guilt and that the college and its employees deny the allegations from Patrick Hegarty.

Hegarty filed a lawsuit in March 2010 alleging that campus police violated his constitutional rights during his arrest and accused them of using excessive force when they tried to remove him from the concert July 2009.

Others at the concert had complained to police that Hegargy was being disorderly.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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