$250,000 Settlement Reached in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

February 20, 2008

lawyersandsettlements.com reported on the recent settlement by Angela Bouggess, Michael Newby’s mother, of her wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Government. Bouggess claimed Officer McKenzie Mattingly used excessive force when he shot Newby in the back following a reported drug bust gone bad. Police Chief White fired Mattingly after an internal investigation found he did not face an immediate threat and had other options besides shooting Newby. Mattingly was acquitted by a Jefferson County jury of charges resulting from the shooting. The City was ultimately forced to rehire Mattingly and pay him back pay, although Mattingly reportedly did not return to the force.

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