Lawsuit against Joplin, police settled
JOPLIN (AP) - A Joplin family's lawsuit against the city of Joplin, the police department and two police officers has been settled.
City attorney Peter Edwards says the city will pay $65,000 to Kevin and Julissa Russell and their son, Brant Russell.
The Russells alleged they were wrongfully arrested in March 2013 after a family member suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They said they called 911 while taking the girl to the hospital and were told to take her to the Joplin police department, where an ambulance would be available.
The Joplin Globe reports the lawsuit alleged emergency personnel delayed putting the girl into the ambulance while they questioned the family and arrested Kevin and Brant Russell after a confrontation. The girl died at a hospital while they were in custody.