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City of Tucson settles over in-custody death

$2.9 million to be split between man's mother and daughter
Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 20:45:25-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The City of Tucson has settled with the family of a man who died in police custody in April, according to the family's attorney.

Adrian Ingram-Lopez died while restrained by Tucson police, after this grandmother called to report he was acting irrationally.

A Pima County medical examiner report showed Ingram-Lopez had a heart condition and a large amount of drugs in his system, but an independent report showed the way he was restrained contributed to his death.

Three officers resigned over the incident, in lieu of being fired.

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After body camera video of the man's death was released several months later, his daughter and mother filed separate claims against the city for a combined total of $46 million.

Today, the attorney who represents Ingram-Lopez's toddler daughter said the city agreed to a joint settlement with both Ingram Lopez's mother and daughter for a total of $2.9 million.

"It's an appropriate solution, because this case has caused an enormous amount of grief and torque turmoil, for my clients for the city" said attorney Ted Schmidt. "And I don't just mean, the city government in the police department but the people of this community, this was a really tragic horrific thing that happened, and it needed to be brought to a conclusion."

A judge will decide decide how to split the settlement money up between his mother and daughter.

Because Ingram-Lopez's daughter is so young there are special provisions to how her share of the money must be used until she turns 18.