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Denver council approves $65,000 settlement for inmate punched by deputy

Denver has agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former jail inmate who was punched by a deputy.

Video of the July 2014 incident involving Kyle Askin was leaked, setting off community outrage over continuing use-of-force issues in the Downtown Detention Center. Jail leaders fired Deputy Thomas Ford, but he was reinstated after the Career Service Authority Board later overturned the decision. The city is still appealing that change.

The Denver City Council approved the settlement of Askin’s civil case 9-0 during its meeting Monday. Two members abstained because they did not attend city attorneys’ earlier closed-door briefing about the settlement.

Askin will receive $36,908.80, and $28,091.20 will go to law firm Rathod Mohamedbhai, according to the council’s agenda item.

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