Today's Sandy Post reports that the "Rubio-Taylor lawsuit [is] apparently settled." The piece is small and details are sketchy. It's online here:
but I'll repost it here too:
One of the lawsuits against a Sandy police officer appears to have been settled, according to the Clackamas County Circuit Court. On June 11, parties representing Officer Kalen "K.T." Taylor and plaintiff Juan Rubio met at with a county judge for a settlement conference. Courthouse staff said the parties have agreed to settle the case independent of county mediators.
Rubio's attorney, Edward Merrill of Bend, is expected to file settlement paperwork with the county by July 15, letting the court know how they resolved the issue but not disclosing exact numbers. If the attorney doesn't turn in the paperwork, the county will assume the case was dropped.
Rubio had sued Taylor for $100,000, seeking punitive damages for emotional distress for a series of alleged incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2006.
So let's review, shall we? According to the Post's previous article re: the six (count 'em, SIX!) lawsuits against our local boys in blue:
Police Chief Skelton said: "I have total confidence in my officers. We're always watching, always paying attention to make sure we're doing things legally."
City manager Scott Lazenby said he "has no concerns regarding the behavior of city police officers."
Salem attorney Bruce Mowery, who represents the city said "There's absolutely no merit to the claims."
Gee! What happened fellas? Were you wrong? And golly, if you were wrong once, just maybe you're wrong about a whole lot of other things too. Especially when it comes to all this "total confidence" and utter lack of concern re: the behavior of cops around here.
I'm just dying to see how the kids at the Post spin this one. Will anyone be held accountable? Will anyone even remind the bozos that run this city what they said a mere 3 months ago? Now THAT might constitute award winning journalism rather then the police PR pieces that they pass off as reporting.
Are you listening Marcus?