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Minnesota Police Brutality Suit Settles for $110,000

Hennepin County (Minnesota) jail detainee Philander Jenkins, accused of two murders, filed a civil rights action in 2005 alleging that Minneapolis policeman Jeff Jindra had assaulted him while handcuffed. The City Council reluctantly settled for $110,000.

During a 2003 home search, Jenkins and two other suspects were handcuffed. Jindra allegedly kicked Jenkins in the head, unprovoked, resulting in two metal plates being surgically placed in his head. The City settled the lawsuit.

It was also reported that Jenkins had accused a deputy of raping him in 2003 while transferring him to a new cell. That claim was allegedly proven false by the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and charges were filed against Jenkins for obstructing the legal process and for filing a false report. He allegedly told other prisoners that the rape claim was an attempt to obtain early release with substantial monetary gain.

City Council President Barbara Johnson alleged that their lawyers prompted them to settle. Jenkins first-degree murder trial was scheduled to start on Nov. 5, 2007. See: Jenkins v. Hennepin County, U.S.D.C. (Minn.), Case No. 0:05-cv-00979-ADM-JSM.

Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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