SALT LAKE CITY — West Valley City has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle two federal court cases involving allegations of misconduct by police and narcotics officers.

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2hEqFoI ) that West Valley City awarded $500,00 to Terry and Brandy Christiansen. The couple filed a suit in 2014 alleging city police officers violated their civil rights and used excessive force during a 2012 drug bust.

City officials also agreed to pay $150,000 to Dante Donell Ketchens and Danielle Swasey. They claimed in a 2013 federal lawsuit that narcotics officers violated their constitutional rights when they detained their family and searched their home without a warrant in 2012.

West Valley City officials say the settlements avoided an expensive appeal process in the Christiansen case and a trial in the other case.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com