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City of Tulsa settles lawsuit in police corruption scandal for $425,000

BY DAVID HARPER, Tulsa World Published: January 29, 2014

The Tulsa World reports that the city of Tulsa has settled for $425,000 a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was freed from prison as a result of corruption within the Tulsa Police Department, attorneys on both sides of the lawsuit confirmed Wednesday evening.

Larry Wayne Barnes Sr. was released from prison after serving 16 months of a 66-month sentence he received when he was convicted in April 2008 of two drug crimes.

While U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton ruled in favor of the city on some issues, he found that Barnes offered sufficient evidence to create a fact dispute as to whether the city’s policymakers “can reasonably be said to have been deliberately indifferent to the need for further supervision” over its police officers.

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