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.
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.
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