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James Lee, the Seattle police officer who was caught on video kicking then 17-year-old D'Vontaveous Hoston in a Belltown convenience store back in 2010, has

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SPD Officer James J. Lee Kicking the Crap out of D'Vontaveous Hoston Costs City $42,000 to Settle

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James Lee, the Seattle police officer who was caught on video kicking then 17-year-old D'Vontaveous Hoston in a Belltown convenience store back in 2010, has cost taxpayers $42,000. That's because, as the Seattle Times reports, the City recently agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Hoston for the aforementioned sum, bringing out the checkbook but ultimately making no admission of liability in the case.

*See also: Human Rights Commission Calls for Investigation into Handling of Donald Fuller's OPA Complaint

The saga goes back to October 2010, when Hoston was booted three times by Lee because the officer believed Hoston had assaulted a fellow police officer during a "buy-bust" drug operation in the area.

Hoston was acquitted of attempted robbery in the incident, and although Lee was initially charged with fourth-degree assault, that charge was dropped by the City Attorney's Office last year. An SPD internal investigation into the incident subsequently cleared Lee of wrongdoing.

Hoston is currently serving a prison sentence stemming from an unrelated incident for unlawful possession of a firearm.

If you need a refresher or some context for this story, The Daily Weekly has you covered:

Feb. 15, 2011: Teen Sues Seattle Police Department for $450K Over Undercover Cop Kicking the Hell Out of Him

Feb. 16, 2011: SPD Ofc. James Lee Admits He Never "Struggled" With Teen Before Kicking the Crap Out of Him

Feb. 25, 2011: James Lee, Seattle Undercover Officer, Caught in New Video Footage Stomping Another Suspect

April 14, 2011: James Lee, Seattle Police Officer Charged with Assaulting Teen, Has No "Malice Clause" to Save Him as Ian Birk Did

May 9, 2011: Judge on SPD Officer James Lee Kicking Teen: "It Was Completely Understandable"

May 20, 2011: Dvontaveous Hoston, Teen Kicked by Cop on Viral Video, Files Federal Suit Against Seattle

Nov. 23, 2011: Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, Drops Charges Against James Lee, Cop Who Kicked Crap Out of Compliant Black Teen

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