June 28, 1997 in Nation/World

$2 Million Awarded In Death Of Tipster

Compiled From Wire Services

A federal jury Friday awarded more than $2 million to the family of a paper mill worker killed by co-workers after police released a tape of him tipping off police to a theft.

Five Green Bay police officers and the city of Green Bay were found negligent in the 1992 death of Tom Monfils, 35, whose family filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Monfils’ body was found in a two-story vat of paper pulp at the James River Corp. mill. Six co-workers were convicted of roles in the slaying.

Attorneys for Monfils’ family argued that police should not have released a tape of Monfils telling police that another worker, Keith Kutska, was going to steal an electrical extension cord.

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