Gillette settles civil rights lawsuit over woman's arrest after 12-year-old son found driving

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CASPER, Wyoming — The city of Gillette has reached a $37,000 settlement with a woman who filed a civil rights lawsuit after she said police tackled her and used a stun gun on her after bringing her 12-year-old son home after a traffic stop.

The boy had been driving a vehicle with an unidentified passenger who was too intoxicated to drive.

April J. Fox filed the complaint in November 2013, two years after her arrest. It argued officers entered her residence at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2011, without a warrant and refused numerous requests to leave. Fox argued officers used excessive force and unlawfully arrested her.

The Caser Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1zONbtS) the city does not acknowledge liability in the settlement, which was reached in December. Insurance companies for the city and the police officers will pay the settlement.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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