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Des Moines settles lawsuit after officer takes teen to ground

A $75,000 settlement was approved by the City Council last week.
Credit: Des Moines police
Des Moines Police Department

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines has agreed to spend $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed after an officer sprayed pepper spray at a 17-year-old girl and threw her to the ground at a downtown bus station. 

The City Council approved the settlement last week after it was accepted by attorneys representing Kimberly Williams and her children. Williams filed the lawsuit after a February 2018 incident at the downtown DART station, where Sgt. Greg Wessels and Williams’ teenager daughter began arguing after police tried to deal with a crowd of teenagers. 

The Des Moines Register reports officers told the teens to leave but Williams’ daughter said she needed to catch her bus to go home. 

Wessels ultimately sprayed the teen with pepper spray and took her to the ground. 

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