The city of Seattle and Martin Monetti, a man who was seen being stomped on by Seattle police officers in a 2010 video,reached a $150,000 settlement on Wednesday.
Last week, a federal judge refused to dismiss Monetti's law suit against the city. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez, acting on a motion by the city that the suit should be dismissed, ruled the suit alleging use of excessive force by the Seattle Police Department could move ahead.
Monetti was seen on this now infamous video in April, 17, 2010 on the ground being stomped by officer Shandy Cobane and officer Mary Woollum, both of whom are named in the lawsuit.
In the video, Cobane is also seen telling Monetti he was going to "beat the [expletive] Mexican piss out of you, homey. You feel me?"
In an afternoon news conference on June 22, 2011, surrounded by his family, Monetti read a statement about why he filed the suit.
"What officers Sandy Cobane and officer Mary Woollum did to me was wrong. It hurt me that I was treated that way by police officers who are supposed to protect people who live and work in Seattle. It also bothered me that there were many other officers who stood around and watched and did nothing," Monetti said.
Lorana Gonzalez, Monetti's attorney, said: "The situation is; that officer and none of the other officers on the scene have been disciplined or fired and that's a problem and so I think at this point we are seeking justice from a jury."
Following the incident, Cobane was suspended for 30 days and demoted from gang detective to officer.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Gonzalez also said that Monetti allegedly endured additional stomps and additional racial slurs that weren't caught on tape.
The incident was one of several that led to a U.S. Department of Justicecivil-rights investigation to determine if Seattle police have engaged in a pattern of unnecessary force and biased policing.
In response to the latest developments regarding Monetti, the Seattle Police Department issued this statement:
"Officer Cobane and other officers at the scene were investigating a complaint of a recent nearby armed robbery involving the use of a machete. The officers had reasonable suspicion to detain Mr. Monetti as they investigated. This incident was subject to independent review by the Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Seattle City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles Police Department, all of which determined that the force used was lawful.