Minneapolis City Council approves $15K settlement after rubber bullet injures man during protests

24 March 2022

The Minneapolis City Council approved a $15,000 settlement Thursday for a couple who said police fired rubber bullets at them while observing a protest in downtown nearly two years ago. One was struck in the head and fell to the pavement.

Alisha and Norman Truman sued the city and its police for civil rights violations and personal injuries they said they suffered on the night of May 28, 2020. The Minneapolis residents alleged that officers attacked them “without warning” while at a George Floyd rally at 4th Street and Nicollet Mall.

Police shot Norman in the head with a 40mm projectile that left him with a fractured skull, a traumatic brain injury, an internal brain hemorrhage and a fractured wrist, according to the civil lawsuit filed in Minnesota’s U.S. District Court. The officers also launched a “chemical irritant canister” at the Trumans, causing a burning in their eyes, the complaint says.

On August 4, 2021, just several months into the litigation, Norman died, said lead attorney David Shulman, who declined to say the cause of death.

“In the short time that I knew Norman, I found him to be a delightful person,” Shulman said, fighting his emotions. “I’m heartbroken by his death and how this legal proceeding played out.”

The Minneapolis Attorney’s Office and the police department’s administration recommended approval of the settlement, noting doing so “is in the best interests” of the city.

In recent years, the city has been sued by several protestors and journalists who attended protests following the police killing of Floyd. They said that law enforcement violated their constitutional rights with use of excessive force.

The Trumans’ lawsuit also alleges that they suffered several temporary and permanent injuries, including physical disability, mental and emotional distress, which put a toll on their marriage. Alisha who has been the primary caretaker for Norman, including providing for the couple financially was appointed by the court as the trustee for the next of kin of her husband.

An online fundraiser effort has raised more than $41,500 to help with medical bills and other expenses.

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