The city commission voted this week to pay $126,000 to settle three lawsuits, one of which led to a policeman’s firing.
It will pay $72,000 to settle with Floyd Selleck. Officer David Coffey was dismissed in 2011 after an internal affairs investigation determined that, during a Jan. 16, 2011, arrest, he slammed Selleck of West Palm Beach, into a video-game console.
Selleck was at Carolina Ale House when an employee called police to report a fight. Coffey had claimed that Selleck was resisting arrest but the other officers denied that and no charges were filed. Selleck’s lawyers originally had demanded $200,000 and also threatened to pursue a federal civil rights violation complaint.
The city agreed to a $42,500 settlement with Lauren Wilcock of Boynton Beach. Officer Nicholas Prince had stopped Wilcock on April 8, 2010, on suspicion of DUI. She’d shown two driver licenses, which is illegal in Florida, and resisted his efforts to confiscate one. The officer decided to arrest Wilcock for disorderly public intoxication. As he tried to handcuff her, she fell, cutting her face and knocking out two teeth. The Palm Beach County State Attorney refused to prosecute and the city’s internal affairs department suspended Prince without pay for two days. In the lawsuit, Wilcock’s lawyers had demanded $85,000.
The city approved an $11,500 settlement in a third suit, involving Nick Fuette. On May 22, 2010, Fuette, of suburban Boynton Beach, was hurt when he stepped into a 2-foot deep, 18-inch wide pothole in the 100 block of North Federal Highway where a water valve had broken. Lawyers had demanded $100,000.