Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson disclosed today that the county paid $555,000 in court judgments and settlements from lawsuits as a result of complaints against (County) police officers during fiscal year 2007.

This is the sixth year in a row that Johnson has exceeded the county's obligation, required by state law, that he report only the total of out-of-court settlements. Even though state law only requires notification to the County Council, local members of the House of Delegates and the Senate of Maryland, Johnson has continued to release the costs to the public.

Johnson said the residents and citizens have a right to know how much money is spent on settlements and judgments from lawsuits filed against law enforcement officers.

Between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007, 11 lawsuits involving law enforcement activities were settled out of court for $555,000.

Additionally, five lawsuits that went to trial resulted in judgments that totaled $300,317.12.

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