City settles lawsuit with former resident

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logo_mountlaketerraceThe Mountlake Terrace City Council at its meeting earlier this week approved an undisclosed settlement with a former resident after a 30-minute executive session.

Julius Waldkirch was arrested during a city council meeting on Jan. 21, 2014 and charged with third-degree assault, a felony charge, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

A jury acquitted him of those charges in Snohomish County Superior Court in June 2015.

“The trial exposed the wrongful conduct engaged in by the city,” Walter Peale, Waldkirch’s attorney, said in a statement.

Waldkirch later sued the city for damages. On Monday night, the city opted to settle with him for an undisclosed amount. The City of Mountlake Terrace says the settlement will be funded by the city’s insurance.

“The city welcomes the opportunity to move forward, wishes the Waldkirch family well and will continue to work hard every day in furtherance of its commitment to the citizens of Mountlake Terrace,” Interim City Manager Scott Hugill said.

Councilman Seaun Richards abstained from voting on the settlement because he has pending litigation against Waldkirch.

Prior to the incident, Waldkirch had been a regular attendee at city council meetings and shared his concerns about racial discrimination in the Mountlake Terrace Police Department. Peale said that his client, who is white, was concerned about the issue because his wife is Filipina and they have a 3-year-old son.

You can read more about the incident here.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is rampant in USA today. The decision is a financial decision. My point is the City should step up and say we settled out of court because we determined we were wrong or fight the civil suit.

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