A deadly 1992 standoff at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, triggered a multimillion-dollar lawsuit settlement that appears to be the largest payout for a law enforcement misconduct suit in Idaho.
Here are some of the largest such payouts the Gem State has seen.
$3.1 million to Randy Weaver
The federal government agreed to make a $3.1 million settlement payment in 1995 to white separatist Randy Weaver and his three surviving children in regard to the gunshot deaths three years earlier of his wife, Vicki, and 14-year-old son, Samuel, according to The New York Times
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The two were shot during an 11-day siege at the family’s remote, wooded property at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, after Randy Weaver failed to appear for trial on federal weapons charges. Randy Weaver was convicted of failing to appear for trial but he and Kevin Harris, a friend of the family, were acquitted of the murder of Deputy Marshal William Degan, who was fatally shot during the siege, the Times reported. The case prompted the FBI to put new rules in place regarding when its agents could fire their guns, while former FBI supervisor E. Michael Kahoe pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for destroying an internal memorandum written afterward.
$380,000 to Kevin Harris
The federal government agreed to pay $380,000 as part of a settlement in 2000 to Kevin Harris, who contended his rights were violated when an FBI sniper wounded him during the Ruby Ridge siege, according to The New York Times
$189,000 to three police officers and a family member
The city of Nampa, Idaho, agreed to pay $189,000 in a 2012 settlement to three police officers and a family member who had filed suit against Nampa city officials alleging they were treated unfairly, according to KBOI-TV
Lt. Joseph Huff, Sgt. Curtis Shankel, officer Leonard Claunts and Ginger Claunts contended they’d been victims of retaliatory harassment. They said that after the three officers provided Nampa Police Chief Bill Augsburger with information about alleged rules violations by Nampa police officers, Augsburger ignored their findings and made their lives miserable by moving them from the internal affairs unit back to patrol duties, adding that they suddenly began receiving poor job performance reviews after years of praise.
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$80,000 to Craig Jones
The city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, agreed to pay $80,000 in a settlement in March 2015 to Craig Jones, the owner of Arfee, a dog fatally shot in July 2014 by a Coeur d’Alene police officer, according to KREM-TV.
The officer went to check on a van after a coffee shop owner called police and claimed the driver was watching young children from a parking lot, KREM reported. The dog was shot when it lunged out the open driver’s side window as the officer approached, and investigators found the shooting unjustified.
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