Mlps. settles suit for $1Mby Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minneapolis City Council has approved a $1 million settlement to a woman who was severely burned during a February 2010 raid by police.
Rickia Russell's suit alleged officers broke down the door of her boyfriend's home and threw a flash-bang grenade that burned her legs.
According to the suit, the officers were erroneously told it was a "no-knock" search warrant and didn't find the suspect they were seeking.
Russell's attorney, Robert Bennett, said he hopes the settlement changes the way Minneapolis police operate.
"I'm hoping they don't want to continue behavior that costs the city this much money," Bennett said. "Hopefully, this means the Minneapolis police department will scrupulously adhere to the terms of the warrant itself, which they didn't do in this case, and that they won't throw flash-bang grenades at people."
The city of Minneapolis would not speak on tape about the settlement but offered a statement from City Attorney Susan Segal that read "What happened in this case was an accident." The statement also said such accidents are rare.