DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council will vote on whether to spend $610,000 to settle a high-profile police misconduct lawsuit stemming from the 2013 shooting of Kelvion Walker by then-Senior Cpl. Amy Wilburn.
In the past five years, the City of Dallas has spent nearly $7.4 million to settle dozens of lawsuits against Dallas police officers and another $2.4 million to pay for outside attorneys to fight the cases.
A CBS 11 I-Team investigation found many of these police misconduct lawsuits get tied up in the court system for years.
According to city records, Dallas is currently involved in more than 30 lawsuits against police officers, including several that were filed more than five years ago.
Dallas taxpayers will spend $1.2 million on Kelvion Walker lawsuit
In addition to the $610,000 payout to Walker, the city has spent more $620,000 on outside lawyers to defend Wilburn and the city in the civil case.
As the driver of the car jumped out, Wilburn rushed up to driver’s side of the moving vehicle and fired her weapon at Walker.
At the time of the shooting, Walker was still in his seat belt, unarmed, and according to an independent witness, had both of his hands up.
Wilburn later said she couldn’t see Walker’s hands.
Earlier this year, a hung jury resulted in a mistrial in the civil case. The two sides reached a settlement in lieu of a retrial.
Several high-profile lawsuits against DPD still pending
Former Dallas Officer Christopher Hess was fired and the Dawes family sued the city.
The city has so far spent $94,000 in legal fees on the case. The lawsuit is still pending.
In 2016, Tony Timpa called 911 for help.
Timpa’s family sued.
The city has so far spent more than $79,000 on legal fees on the civil case. The case is scheduled to go to trial next year.
Seven years and $355K in attorney fees later, judge dismissed Cook lawsuit
In 2012, Deanna Cook’s family filed a lawsuit against the city after her murder.
The family’s lawsuit was tied up in the court system for seven years before a judge in February dismissed the case.
Last month, the family lost an appeal.
The City of Dallas will not have to pay the Cook family any in damages, but the case did cost Dallas taxpayers more than $355,000 in legal fees, according to city records.
Other large cities also spend millions on police misconduct lawsuits
Several large cities across the country have also reported paying millions in recent years to settle police misconduct cases.
Fort Worth has spent a little more than $2 million to settle lawsuits against police in the past decade.