On February 11, 2016, after months of negotiations, Andrew Irlbeck and Chris Lollie walked out of the St. Paul Federal Courthouse with a $100,000.00 settlement agreement with the City of Saint Paul in Mr. Irlbeck’s briefcase.
Chris Lollie filed his federal lawsuit for $500,000 against St. Paul in November 2014 alleging excessive force, false arrest, illegal stop and seizure, battery and false imprisonment after security guards at the First National Bank Building in downtown St. Paul told him he couldn’t sit in chairs in a lounge area and called police on Jan. 31, 2014. The controversy was on whether the lounge area was in private or public property and the way theSt. Paul police officers handled the situation. They tased him and took him to jail. Lollie later posted a video on social media showing the incident, drawing national media attention the case – and the issue.
This settlement represents an important moment not only for Mr. Lollie, but for the City of Saint Paul, its police force, and its citizens – who have the right to be free from unlawful arrest and excessive force in the name of the law.
In his work on this case, Mr. Irlbeck has shown the people of Saint Paul that he will always fight for the rights and interests of his clients – even in the face of powerful opposition from the government. If you or someone you know has been a victim of police misconduct, be sure to contact a civil rights lawyer.