KEARNEY — A $300,000 settlement has been reached in the Kearney Police Department officer’s shooting of a suspect after a high speed chase in 2016, according to a report that formally will be presented Tuesday at the Kearney City Council meeting.
Under the settlement, the suspect in that chase, Jose Klich, then 36, will receive $290,000 from the city’s insurance carrier, EMC, and $10,000 from the city of Kearney as its deductible.
On June 5, 2016, KPD Officer Derek Payton attempted to stop the vehicle Klich was driving and shot Klich in the stomach as he attempted to flee the traffic stop. The car bumped Payton as Klich tried to drive away, ignoring Payton’s verbal commands to stop. At the time there was a warrant for Klich’s arrest.
A Buffalo County jury later acquitted Payton.
City Attorney Mike Tye explained in a memo to the City Council that Nebraska statute requires a public report of any settlement of $50,000 or more.
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“The city of Kearney denies any liability in this matter,” Tye said. “The settlement includes payment of any medical expenses incurred by Mr. Klich. The city’s insurance carrier can legally settle claims without the consent of the city.”
Tye said EMC elected to settle the case “after an exhaustive review of the facts and circumstances involved in this matter.”
In other business Tuesday, the council will:
- Consider approving a procedural change for granting special event permits. Currently, the applications go to the council for final approval. Under the procedural change, the city administration would review applications and approve the permits. A list of the special events will be available at City Hall.
- Consider approving license renewals for several manufactured home courts: Countryside Mobile Park at 1920 15th Ave.; Merriweather Mobile Home Village at 914 W. 17th St.; Rodeo Court at 2414 W. 24th St.; R-Villa East at 2500, 2719 and 2803 W. 24th St.; R-Villa West at 2500, 2719 and 2803 W. 24th St.; R-Villa South at 2500, 2719 and 2803 W. 24th St.; Valley View Mobile Home Court at 2701 and 2801 Grand Ave.; and Villa Park at 2703 W. 24th St.
Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall at 18 E. 22nd St.