Officials in New Haven, Connecticut have disclosed plans to allocate $15 million from their $22.3 million budget surplus to cover the settlement in the Richard “Randy” Cox case involving officer misconduct. Mayor Justin Elicker made this announcement, revealing that the $15 million will contribute to the $45 million settlement agreed upon by the city of New Haven and the Cox family in June.
Insurance will cover $30 million of the settlement, leaving the city responsible for the remaining $15 million, which they will draw from the budget surplus. This settlement arises from an incident in June 2022 when Randy Cox sustained severe injuries that paralyzed him. Cox was injured in the back of a New Haven police transport van, which lacked seat belts, and he subsequently struck his head when Officer Oscar Diaz made an abrupt stop.
Subsequently, five New Haven police officers faced charges for failing to intervene once it became evident that Cox was injured. The New Haven Police Commission terminated Officer Luis Rivera and Officer Jocelyn Lavanider on June 7. On June 28, the commission also terminated Sgt. Betsy Segui and Officer Diaz. A fifth officer, Ronald Pressley, who had retired in January, was not subject to board punishment.
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