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Former Seattle Police Officer of the Year costs city $165,000

Associated Press

SEATTLE – A man who had been named the 2010 Seattle Police Officer of the Year has cost the city $165,000 in civil-rights lawsuits for his handling of several altercations.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that two people have won lawsuits against Benjamin Kelly since he had been honored. A lawsuit finalized Monday had the city pay $150,000 for an incident with a convicted burglar who in 2014 had been shot and seriously injured by Kelly.

Giljon Lee-Sean Johnson filed the lawsuit last year after he had been shot by Kelly during a foot pursuit.

In 2013, the city paid $15,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who had been carrying gun when he was illegally stopped by Kelly for jaywalking.

Kelly had been honored for shooting a man who walked into a coffee shop and shot four officers.

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