DENVER – The city will pay a former jail inmate and his attorney $65,000 to settle a lawsuit after the former inmate was punched by a Denver sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Thomas Ford was fired in September 2014 for punching inmate Kyle Askin in the face at the Downtown Detention Center, but the Career Service Authority Board overturned the decision and Askin got his job back last December.
The original video leaked to Denver media; it showed Askin sitting in the booking area and antagonizing Ford, who went over and punched Askin in the face, knocking him over.
Ford had said Askin was drunk and using “racially offensive language” before he punched him.
Askin’s attorney, Siddhartha Rathod, confirmed to Denver7 that the Denver City Council approved the settlement Monday.
“Denver came to the table and resolved this case early on,” Rathod said. “It’s just a sign that there’s an ongoing problem.”
Askin will receive $36,908 and Rathod’s law firm, Rathod-Mohamedbhai, will get $28,091.20 of the money.